Economics and Public Policy

In the joint Ph.D. program in Economics and Public Policy, you will learn how to identify and address the emerging critical issues centered on economic development, the rising demand for energy, and the environmental and climate consequences of such progress.

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Ph.D. in Economics and Public Policy

The sustainability of economic development and growth have become central policy concerns of our time. In order to address these issues, you will need the ability to integrate comparative and international political economy perspectives.

The mission of the joint Ph.D. program in Economics and Public Policy to produce scholars and policy-makers who can address the emerging critical issues centered on economic development.

Offered jointly by Tufts Department of Economics and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Economics and Public Policy program draws upon the expertise of well-established scholars whose work centers on development, energy, and environmental issues, political economy and, in particular, on the intersection of these concerns.

Academics and Curriculum

You will work with economics faculty trained in the technical modeling and empirical research techniques essential for accurate policy analysis and formulation, and social scientists with the institutional and cultural expertise necessary for developing integrated policy proposals that can be truly effective. All have experience in research and have also played prominent roles in policy making at both the federal and state levels.

The curriculum includes the core methods courses from the M.A. in economics program, and three fields of study for the joint Ph.D. program, from which students in the joint doctoral program would each be required to select two. The fields are:

  • Development Economics
  • Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Comparative and International Political Economy

You will take four classes from each field in addition to one or two core classes and electives. You will take a qualifying exam from one of these fields, offered an on an annual basis.

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Application Deadline


Fall: January 15

Application Requirements:


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> Three Letters of Recommendation

Faculty

Jenny C. Aker
Jenny C. Aker
Associate Professor of Development Economics, The Fletcher School
Economic development in Africa, impact of information and technology on development outcomes
Marcelo Bianconi
Professor
Ph.D. , University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign
Theoretical and Applied economic models
Steven A. Block
Steven A. Block
Professor of International Economics, The Fletcher School
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Food and agricultural policy in developing countries, the political economy of policy reform
Drusilla Brown
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Michigan
Applied general equilibrium models and International trade policy
H. Zeynep Bulutgil
H. Zeynep Bulutgil
Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics, The Fletcher School
Ph.D. , University of Chicago
Conditions and processes that lead to (or prevent) ethnic cleansing, conditions under which the legal structures of countries become divorced from religious actors and regulations
Katrina Burgess
Katrina Burgess
Associate Professor of Political Economy, The Fletcher School
Ph.D. , Princeton University
The impact of migration and remittances on the quality of democracy in developing countries
Avery Cohn
Avery Cohn
William R. Moomaw Assistant Professor of International Environment and Resource Policy, The Fletcher School
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Quantitative methods for addressing and coping with environmental change
Thomas Downes
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Public educational finance and School choice
Daniel Drezner
Daniel Drezner
Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School
, Stanford University
Economic statecraft, U.S. grand strategy, global civil society
Kyle Emerick
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Development economics and Applied econometrics
Tufts Professor Federico Esposito.
Federico Espósito
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Yale University
International economics, trade theory
Kelly Sims Gallagher
Kelly Sims Gallagher
Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy, The Fletcher School
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Energy and climate policy in both the United States and China
David Garman
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Michigan
Applied econometrics and Economics of higher education
Laura Gee
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of California San Diego
Applied microeconomic and Behavioral / Experimental economics
Nancy Hite
Nancy Hite
Assistant Professor of Political Economy, The Fletcher School
Ph.D. , Yale University
Comparative politics in developing and transitional countries
Kelsey Jack
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Environmental economics
Edward Kutsoati
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Queen’s University
Applied microeconomics
Melissa McInerney
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Maryland at College Park
Public Economics and Health Economics
Margaret McMillan
Professor
Ph.D. , Columbia University
Development Policy, with an emphasis on Africa
Gilbert Metcalf
Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Energy and Environmental Economics, with a focus on climate change
Muthoni Ngatia
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Yale University
Development economics and Applied microeconomics
Sahar Parsa
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Finance and Microeconomics
Lynne Pepall
Professor
Ph.D. , University of Cambridge
Industrial Organization
Daniel Richards
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D. , Yale University
Industrial organization and Merger analysis
Julie Schaffner
Julie Schaffner
Visiting Associate Professor of Development Economics, The Fletcher School
Ph.D. , Yale University
Labor markets and poverty dynamics in developing countries
Enrico Spolaore
Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Political economy and International economics
Adam Storeygard
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Brown University
Development and growth and Urban economics
Shinsuke Tanaka
Shinsuke Tanaka
Assistant Professor of Economics, The Fletcher School
Ph.D. , Boston University
Health economics, environmental economics
Jeffrey Zabel
Professor, Director of Graduate Program
Ph.D. , University of California at San Diego
Econometrics and Labor economics

For more information, contact Professor Margaret McMillan, Chair of the Graduate Program Committee.

For questions about your application, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 617.627.3395 or gradadmissions@tufts.edu.