“This is an ambitious and exciting program, both in terms of high academic standards and policy-orientation. Those interested in environmental, experimental, labor/health, public, and urban and regional economics should be attracted to apply. In particular European students will find a setting that meets their expectations.”
Klaus F. Zimmerman, PhD
Former Director, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Our Program

With internationally renowned faculty and research centers, our doctoral program in economics takes a pioneering approach to economics that emphasizes public policy and empirical evaluation.

In our innovative doctorate program, you’ll master advanced econometrics and experimental methods to learn how economics and policy work together in preparation for a successful career as a researcher, university instructor or both.

Combining the latest economic theory, analytical skills, research methodology and empirical techniques, our rigorous curriculum will equip you to meet today’s complex challenges and educate the next generation of public economics experts.

Note: While we prefer applicants with undergraduate degrees in economics, we accept other majors. Applicants may apply with or without a master’s degree. As appropriate, students may elect to earn a master’s degree with thesis, nonthesis and policy options concurrently with their doctorate.

Financial Aid

Most full-time doctoral students receive financial aid. Research assistantships for firstyear students typically pay $18,000 per year and include a tuition waiver. Students may also compete for teaching assistantships and fellowships to add as much as $10,000 to their annual stipend.

Our graduates hold top positions in academia, international agencies, the private sector and all levels of federal and state government. Recent placements include academic and research appointments at Columbia University, Indiana University and Williams College, and critical leadership roles at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the World Bank.

Career Links

Program Overview


The Andrew Young School faculty conduct nationally acclaimed policy research. Our research centers assess performance and evaluate programs for state, federal and local governments and nonprofit agencies, all of which regularly rely on us for counsel.

In addition, our faculty publish dozens of articles each year in scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy and Review of Economic Studies.

Collaborate with researchers in the following centers to gain practical experience:

  • Atlanta Census Research Data Center
  • Center for State and Local Finance
  • Experimental Economics Center
  • Fiscal Research Center
  • Georgia Health Policy Center
  • International Center for Public Policy
  • Usery Workplace Research Group