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Research is one of the Department’s central missions.  Our faculty both develop and harness state-of-the-art methods to shed light on how the world works. 

We organize our research expertise into four broad areas, although a faculty member (and even a particular research project) often contributes to multiple areas.  Each research area hosts a weekly faculty research seminar.

Development, Environmental, Labor, and Public

This research area focuses on applied microeconomic research that typically employs empirical methods to understand our world.

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This research area develops the statistical methods used to study economic phenomena and is a long-standing strength of the department. 

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Macro and International

This research area focuses on the broader functioning of our domestic and international economy.

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Micro Theory, Industrial Organization, and Behavioral

This research area focuses on microeconomic research that typically uses a theoretical approach to understand our world. 

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