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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 PhD program in Economics and Public Policy is 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, the Economics and Public Policy doctoral 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.
Our faculty is dedicated to training students to address critical issues centered on economic development and the environmental as well as climate consequences of development. The program blends training in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics with an understanding of institutional detail and political economy, giving students the tools necessary to address questions in economic development, energy, and environmental policy within an interdisciplinary framework that is needed for policy effectiveness. We seek candidates with an interest in applied economics, focused on issues related to the environment, development, and political economy. A background in economics coursework is essential, and experience with applied research on one of the focal topics is an asset. We encourage applications from students interested in pursuing both academic and policy jobs following graduation.
Training in this program includes research assistantships, teaching, mandatory seminar attendance, and a second-year paper course. The PhD in Economics and Public Policy aims to produce graduates who bring the most rigorous tools of economics to bear on critical public policy questions.
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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 MA in Economics program as well as three fields of study for the joint PhD program, from which students in the joint doctoral program would each be required to select two:
Development Economics, or
Energy and Environmental Policy
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 on an annual basis.