Doctoral Program

Students sitting at a table outsideThe Economics doctoral program at Arizona prepares students for positions in universities, in the private sector, and in government and non-profit organizations. Students work closely with faculty, and most students receive financial support for their entire residency in the department.

The Department's faculty has long been among the world's best in experimental economics and in economic history. The Department also maintains a strong focus on microeconomics, particularly industrial organization and labor economics.

Some of our students choose a concentration in financial economics, and we offer a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics in conjunction with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Please see our Graduate Handbook for additional information.  Graduate Handbook PDF PDF Logo

Faculty-Student Interaction

The Department encourages extensive faculty-student interaction by maintaining a relatively small doctoral program and by selecting students whose interests are consistent with our faculty members' research.

This faculty-student interaction generally leads to productive research collaborations: nearly every student who has received a Ph.D. in the Department has written articles jointly with one or more of the Department's faculty members.


McGuire Small Research Grant Award for the 2013-14 year: Doctoral Awards ($2,500)
Taylor Jaworski
Jianjing Lin 

Graduate and Professional Student Council Research Grant (up to $2,000)
Sebastian Fleitas (2014-2015)
Stephen Roberts (2015-2016)
Mariana Zerpa (2015-2016)
Anatolii Kokoza (2015-2016)
Quyen Nguyen (2015-2016)
Phuong Ho (2017-2018)

Arizona Board of Regents Doctoral Research Grant ($5,000)
Shane Thompson (2013)

Economic History Association Dissertation Fellowship ($10,000)
Todd Neumann (received 2005-2006)

Economics History Association Exploratory Travel Grant
Todd Neumann (2003-2004)
Jonathan Fox (2009-2010)
Brendan Livingston (2009-2010)
Carl Kitchens (2010-2011)
Taylor Jaworski (2012-2013)
Rodrigo Parral Duran (2012-2013)
Alex Hollingsworth (2012-2013)
Michael Matheis (2012-2013)
Cong Liu (2013-2014)
Soudeh Mirghasemi (2013-2014)

Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason Conference & Research Grant
Kyle Wilson (2014-2015)

John E. Rovensky Fellowship in Economic History (University of Illinois Foundation)
Taylor Jaworski (2012-2013)

Ken Sokoloff Dissertation Fellowship ($15,000)
Theresa Gutberlet (2012-2013)   

NSF Dissertation Grants ($5,000- 15,000)
Ryan Johnson (2000-2001)
Sam Allen (2003-2004)
Radovan Vadovic (2005-2006)
Jed Brewer (2006-2007)
Quazi Shariar (2006-2007)
Jonathan Fox (2009-2010)
Matt Van Essen (2009-2010)
Brendan Livingston (2009-2010)
Carl Kitchens (2010-2011)
Theresa Gutberlet (2012-2013)
Taylor Jaworski (2012-2013)
Collin Weigel (2013-2014)
Erin McGuire (2015-2017)
Keith Meyers (2016-2017)

NBER Dissertation Fellowship ($14,000)
Nidhi Thakur (received 2003-2004)
Simona Lup (received 2004-2005)

UC San Diego Dissertation Fellowship: Pre doctoral Research Fellowship, Ctr. for US-Mexican Studies
Karina Cordova Gonzalez (2012-2013)

Washington Center for Equitable Growth Dissertation Grant ($15,000)
Mariana Zerpa (2015-2016)
Shariq Mohammed (2017-2018)

Russell Sage Foundation ($4,500)
Shariq Mohammed (2017-2018)

Dissertation Awards:
Rebecca Holmes, Nevins Prize for Best Dissertation in North American Economic History from the Economic History Association.
Samuel Allen,  John Heinz Award for the Best Social Science Dissertation on Social Insurance from the National Institute for Social Insurance.
Kurt Schnier, The American Agricultural Economics Association outstanding dissertation of 2003

NET Institute Summer Grant ($3,000)
Kyle Wilson (2015)

What if you haven't majored in economics?

Not all students who enter our doctoral program have majored in Economics as undergraduates. We encourage applications from mathematics majors, engineering majors, and students whose undergraduate majors were in the physical and biological sciences.

These students often discover that the professional opportunities and salaries in economics surpass those afforded by their undergraduate fields of study, and that their work is often more interesting and challenging, as well.

More Information

For additional information on the prerequisites, structure, and opportunities of our doctoral program, take a look at the Program Essentials page or these other doctoral program resources:

Or contact the Department’s Graduate Coordinator or Director of Graduate Studies:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Liz Jenkins

Director of Graduate Studies
Gautam Gowrisankaran