Economics Research


We concentrate our resources on just a few fields in economics and we excel in those fields. We’ve long been known for our research in experimental economics and in economic history, and we continue to be a world leader in both fields. We’ve recently built one of the world’s best young faculty groups in industrial organization. And we have a smaller but superb group in labor economics. Cutting across these research areas are the department’s strengths in microeconometrics, microeconomics theory, and game theory.

The department’s relatively small faculty has published hundreds of research papers, including several dozen articles in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, and the Journal of Political Economy.

More than half the department’s faculty members currently hold or have recently held research grants from such organizations as the National Science Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Russell Sage Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The department’s research consistently earns national and international awards. Department faculty members or graduate students have recently been awarded the 2015 Nakahara Prize by the Japanese Economic Association, 2004 Royal Economic Society Prize, the 2001 Richard Lester Prize, the 2004 Nevins Prize, and the 2004 AAEA Prize for the year’s best doctoral dissertation in resource economics or agricultural economics.

Please view our faculty pages to learn more about their research and areas of expertise.