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Graduate Program

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Program Description

The UC Merced Economics Ph.D. is a STEM-designated, applied-micro focused program, with faculty expertise in immigration, innovation, public economics, development, political economy, economic history, international trade, and experimental and labor economics. The hallmarks of our program are strong mentorship from our vibrant, and very research-active faculty and strong training in the latest frontiers in data analysis and computing. Faculty have recently published in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Public Economics, Labour Economics, Games, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, International Labor Relations Review, and the American Economic Review P&P. 

The Economics program is excellent preparation for careers in academia, industry, government, and public policy. We introduce students to research at an early stage and facilitate collaborations between students as well as with faculty (almost 100% of 2nd years are producing work co-authored with a faculty member). There is a great sense of camaraderie and cooperation, with frequent faculty get-togethers and a student-run reading group exploring the latest research. Students have ample opportunities to interact with leading scholars from around the globe through our active seminar series and there are also several All-UC and All-CA groups, for example in economic history and labor economics, to connect students to the research environment and vast array of resources associated with the University of California, the world’s premier public university system.

We currently have 12 students across three cohorts who are successfully navigating their path towards independent research. We are searching for more outstanding candidates to form the third cohort of our strong program. We plan to admit another small, high-quality cohort and to provide full funding for those students for 5-6 years through guaranteed teaching assistantships.

Economics Professor Jesus Sandoval-Hernandez

Our 2023-2024 grad course offerings are as follows:

Fall 2023

Spring 2024

Econ of Immigration (Amuedo Dorantes)

Economic Theory (Butler)

Advanced Research Methods (Hicks)

Political Economy (Tur Prats)

Advanced Econometrics (Johnston)

International Trade-Macro (Wright)


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