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PhD in Economics

Students pursuing the PhD in Economics can choose from multiple specializations, and learn and prepare under the guidance of internationally recognized faculty for careers in top economic research positions.

The Department of Economics at Miami Herbert Business School offers a top PhD program in Economics, providing carefully selected students with a rigorous exposure to microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, monetary theory and policy, and quantitative methods. In particular, we offer specializations in:

  • Applied microeconomics – which includes labor, environmental, and health economics
  • Economic development
  • International economics
  • Macroeconomics

Our objective is to place graduates in top economic research positions in the academic and government sectors. Small classes afford each student the opportunity to participate in discussions and benefit from continuous faculty-student interaction. Both the classroom and research components are supplemented by colloquia presented by internationally recognized scholars.


The program includes 13 core courses, two courses in one field, one elective course, and the dissertation.

Comprehensive Examinations

Students in good academic standing, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, are scheduled to sit for their Microeconomic and Macroeconomics Theory comprehensive examinations at the end of their second semester, and for the field comprehensive examination at the completion of their third semester.


A PhD candidate may begin working on the dissertation after the comprehensive examinations are successfully completed and the Dissertation Committee has approved the candidate's dissertation proposal (or prospectus).

Required Core Courses

All PhD in Economics students complete a core curriculum. Click here for details on the PhD in Economics core curriculum.

Top Economic Researchers

The scope and breadth of the faculty’s research interest and activity is reflected in the stature and diversity of the general interest and field journals in which their work has been published. In recent years, faculty members have placed articles in the American Economic Review and other top-tier academic journals.
World Class Economics Faculty

Meet The Team

The department has a balanced mix of junior- and senior-level faculty, which ensures the infusion of new approaches and interests into both the classroom and the department’s research agenda.
Manuel Santos

Manuel Santos

Department Chair, James L. Knight Chair, and Professor, Economics
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David Kelly

Professor, Economics
Ralph Boleslavsky: Associate Professor, Economics

Raphael Boleslavsky

Associate Professor, Economics
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Christopher Parmeter

Associate Professor, Economics
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