Professor Sosa-Padilla meeting with a graduate student.

The Department of Economics Ph.D. program is designed to train the next generation of scholars and practitioners. As a student in our program, you will be exposed to the frontier of economic research and learn the analytical and quantitative skills needed for professional success.

Faculty, staff, and students are committed to sustaining a Ph.D. program that is collaborative, close-knit, and caring.

Our graduates go on to careers at research universities, liberal arts colleges, national and international research organizations, and private-sector jobs

Research opportunities

The program offers special opportunities for students interested in policy-relevant research that contributes to improving the human condition. The department fosters interdisciplinary collaboration through a variety of centers and institutes, including:

World-class faculty

Many of the department's dynamic faculty are current or rising stars in their respective fields. Faculty regularly publish their work in the top journals in economics, often with current and former graduate students as co-authors. 

A vibrant, collaborative community

Collaboration is the key to success, especially in the first few years of graduate school. At Notre Dame, graduate students have worked intentionally to build an inclusive and dynamic community.

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As a first-year student, you will have dedicated study spaces to work together, and student offices are located in the department so that all students can easily collaborate with professors and other students. The graduate student leadership committee hosts a student-oriented workshop on Fridays, where you can present your own research to receive feedback from peers before presenting to professors.

You can also relax and enjoy social activities with the department community. Whether it's tailgating before football games, sampling the local restaurant scene, or playing video games after exams, you get to know others to support your academic and personal growth better.



Henry Downes Headshot

"When I came to ND, I knew the faculty were very accomplished, and that is true of a lot of programs. But what I will remember most from my time at ND is how much my advisors and other faculty members cared about my professional and personal development. I have benefitted immensely from being around a group of economists who are great at what they do and are willing to go the extra mile for their students."

— Henry Downes, 2019 cohort


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"Working with Lakshmi has been an amazing opportunity. I initially interviewed with her when I applied to the PhD program at Notre Dame. I reached out to her during the second semester of my first year to ask if she was looking for a research assistant for the upcoming academic year. We had a meeting where we discussed the projects she was working on. Following the meeting, she sent me some more information and drafts of the paper. She asked me which one I would be most interested in and we began working on the project following the comprehensive exams. Working with Lakshmi has taught me a lot already and I have gotten to dive into historical documents to find data which I had not done before!"

— Coleson Weir, 2022 cohort



Faculty, please contact:

Ethan Lieber, Gilbert F. Schaefer Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Staff, please contact:
Anna Poltrack, Graduate Studies Coordinator