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Ph.D. Program in Economic Analysis and Policy

Tulane University's Economics Department offers a Ph.D. program in Economic Analysis and Policy. This Ph.D. program gives students distinctive training designed to make them attractive candidates for employment in universities, government, multilateral organizations, the private sector, and the non-profit sector. Our program is distinguished by three features:

Applied focus. The program is designed for students who are interested in using economic analysis to investigate real world problems. Students receive extensive training in the tools of economic analysis. These tools are an essential job skill for those who seek to evaluate public policies.

Interdisciplinary approach. The program breaks down the barriers to interdisciplinary graduate education by incorporating field coursework and research experiences with our prestigious cross campus partners. Our cross campus partners include the Freeman School of Business, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, the Department of Political Science, and the Murphy Institute of Political Economy. Students will acquire the practical interdisciplinary knowledge necessary for innovative research and careful policy analysis.

Small, highly selective program with a high faculty-to-student ratio. This facilitates closer interaction between students and faculty, who are dedicated to research at the frontiers of their fields. Importantly, students have the opportunity to undertake joint research projects with faculty, as part of the training. Generous fellowships are available and are awarded on the basis of academic merit and potential for scholarship. Accepted students receive funding for five years, conditional on satisfactory progress through the program.


The course of study in the first year includes:

  • microeconomics (two semesters)
  • econometrics (two semesters)
  • macroeconomics (one semester)
  • applied econometric methods for policy analysis (one semester)

In their second and third years, students will complete field courses in economics and in partner schools. We have crafted interdisciplinary fields of study so that students can draw from the expertise of faculty in Economics as well as our partner schools. The fields of concentration are:

  • Health, education, and human capital
  • Public economics and public policy
  • Development, inequality, and poverty

While student research may ultimately focus on a single field of concentration, students will take classes spanning multiple concentrations and will be encouraged to explore synergies between multiple areas.