In addition to the formal admissions and degree requirements, courses workshops, and faculty members, there are many complementary programs likely to be of interest to prospective students considering doctoral study in economics at Chicago.


Q&A with Professor Anne Karing and Dr. Christina Brown

Professor Anne Karing and Dr. Christina Brown will be guest speakers at the next "What I Wish I Knew" event for graduate students. The focus of the event is on the thesis writing phase of the PhD and the subsequent job market experience. This event will also be a good opportunity for PhD students to meet the recently hired faculty.

Professor Anne Karing completed her PhD in 2019 at Berkley, after which she held a post-doc and subsequent Assistant Professor position at Princeton University. Since Summer 2021, she is the Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Economics at UChicago.

Dr. Christina Brown completed her PhD in 2021 at Berkeley. She joined the Chicago economics community this summer as a BFI Saieh Family postdoctoral fellow. In 2023, she will join the UChicago Economics department as an Assistant Professor.

The event is targeted at current fourth, fifth, and sixth year students, but may be open to all current PhD students. 

Date: Thursday October 21

Time: 10:00-11:00am. 

(Date and time subject to change due to COVID-19 precautions). .

The George S. Tolley Prize

A donation made in honor of George S. Tolley will fund a $5000 prize for three years, beginning in 2021. The George S. Tolley Prize will be awarded to a student whose 3rd year doctoral research paper demonstrates the potential for the impact of economic analysis on policy. The prize will be a special award bestowed over and above the awardee’s graduate funding package. It will be conferred in the Fall Quarter of the winning student’s fourth year in the doctoral program.

All rising fourth year students who have completed their third year research paper are eligible to apply. If you would like to be considered, please email your interest along with your third year research paper to Graduate Student Affairs Administrator, Amy Schulz at, before September 30, 2021. The winner will be selected by a faculty committee led by Ufuk Akcigit, the Director of Graduate Studies, and will be announced at the annual Graduate Student/Faculty Lunch in November.

The Political Economy Club

The Political Economy Club (PEC) is the organization run for and by graduate students in the Department of Economics. The PEC is in charge of organizing the department's social hours every other week (known colloquially as TGIFs) as well as special events during the year, such as the skit show and the spring picnic. 

Guest Lecture/Visit Series

Graduate students have also organized a Guest Lecture/Visit Series through which they invite prominent scholars around the country to speak about their current interests, discuss research agendas and ideas with economics students at Chicago, and simply be available to meet informally over the course of a day.

Math Camp

Prior to the official beginning of Autumn Quarter each year, the department sponsors an optional two-week, non-credit course on quantitative methods in economics. Known informally as Math Camp, this voluntary program for entering students introduces some basic mathematical concepts used in economic theory and core classes. In addition, the program serves effectively as an informal way for new students to get to know each other before the academic year begins.


In addition to normal sources of financial aid, which include fellowships and teaching opportunities, the department has special funds for travel to partially defray expenses associated with presenting a paper at professional conferences, gathering data in the field, acquiring data sets, and dissertation support.


The department is fully committed to the placement of its doctoral students in professional academic, nonacademic, and research positions in the United States and abroad. In addition to the efforts of individual faculty members on behalf of their own students, the department holds an initial informational session each October for all students on the job market, compiles a placement brochure and distributes it to more than 500 organizations nationally and internationally, responds to inquiries and posts job openings, and conducts mock interviews with students prior to the January American Economic Association meetings (the principal forum through which graduate students interview with prospective employers).

Chicago-trained economists are highly sought after in the academic, private, and public sectors. 



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