Learning Goals: Students are expected to have demonstrated mastery of the discipline of economics in general, and their own specialization in particular, at a level that would permit them to find employment as professional economists in academia, business, and government.
To achieve this goal, The Economics program pursues two broad objectives. First, students must have the skills to become successful employees. Common between these employment targets is a need to make effective presentations, to conduct high-quality research, and to write well. Second, students must have the skills to make both successful entry and productive transitions in their employment market, key to continued growth on the career path.
(i) Development of the presentation, research and writing skills
- Successful completion of a course entitled Research Methods and Writing in Economics, a required element of the Second Examination. In this course, students write a paper that is graded by both the course instructor and a second reader who is a specialist in the field that the paper addresses, and they make presentations on their research topic.
As part of the Level 2 requirements, successful completion of the course in Applied Macroeconomics or Applied Microeconomics. The course provides students with state-of-the-art tools in applied econometrics, which they use in their dissertation and providing them with skills to advance in their career.
Conference participation at NBER’s annual spring and summer Health Economics Meetings in Cambridge, Massachusetts, funded by The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) for students specializing in health economics.
(ii) Development of Skills In Job Market Search
- Seminar series on information about job search: At the beginning of the last year prior to graduation, students are invited to a short series of seminars where the hiring process in the field of economics is described: preparing the application package; locating job market opportunities; anticipating the timeline of evaluation and invitation to job interviews at major economics conferences; the fly-out; the campus interview; Students are invited to submit their application package to supervising faculty and to the Executive Officer and Deputy Executive Officer for comment.
Contacts with Alumni: The Program organizes an annual Alumni Day at the Graduate Center where alumni come and meet students, and where a Roundtable Discussion addresses an important topic of current interest. Faculty also keeps close connection to alumni for placement purposes. The Program maintains a current list of alumni that is accessible on our website.