This is the only PhD program in the U.S. to focus on the common globalization and innovation issues that interconnect three key fields of economics - environmental economics, industrial organization, and international economics. The program offers specialization in each of these fields which underlie many of today's global advances and challenges.
International economics encompasses economic characteristics and the rationale for the international flow of goods, services, labor, capital and technology.
Industrial organization includes analysis of the structure of industries and markets that determine business strategies for pricing, production, location, and product and process innovation, along with the regulatory and antitrust policies that constrain firms’ behaviors.
Environmental economics focuses on polluting activities and resource depletion associated with consumption and production of market and non-market participants.
As with every distinguised PhD program in Economics in the U.S., students receive rigorous training in microeconomic theory and quantitiative methods during their first year of study. But, uniquely, the first year core coursework in this program also features a two-course sequence in the economics of innovation. The program will prepare students to analyze the interrelated effects that these forces exert in a global and technological environment. Applied econometrics is also emphasized.