James J. O'Connor Professor of Decision and Game Sciences Ehud Kalai (left) with Daniel Kahneman, the winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics
Photo © Nathan Mandell
For PhD applicants interested in economic theory, Northwestern University
provides an environment with features unmatched elsewhere
. Students enrolled in either the Kellogg School of Management
or the Economics Department
, through the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, have unrestricted access to the teaching, advising and mentoring resources offered by both units. These resources are described below. Theory activities and students are also supported by two research centers, the Center for Economic Theory
(CET) of the Economics Department, and the Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science
(a.k.a. the Math Center) of the Kellogg School of Management. In addition, Northwestern University is very strong in other fields, including econometrics, industrial organization, macroeconomics, history, political economy and finance.
The Economics Department and the Departments of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences (MEDS) and Management and Strategy (M&S) of the Kellogg School of Management are all located in the Donald P. Jacobs Center. Doctoral students in these units regularly take courses together. The Economics Department and the Kellogg School operate the theory seminars jointly, and jointly fund visitors to campus and conferences. Cross-advising is the norm and there is a seamless connection between the Economics Department and the Kellogg School of Management. Another resource for theory students at Northwestern is offered by the faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS theory group
) through the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, whose students participate in our theory activities (and run additional conferences and seminars).