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Doctor of Philosophy in Economics

Faculty working with Students: 30
Students: 68
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 44.12%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:

Degree Description:

The PhD in Economics is designed to prepare students for careers as professional economists in academia, government, and the private sector. The program is structured so that a student with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and an appointment as a graduate assistant should be able to complete the required coursework within three academic years, excluding summer sessions. Students with a Master of Arts in Applied Economics degree may be able to complete the required coursework in less time, depending on the content and quality of the previous work. The length of time required to complete the dissertation varies greatly but students usually complete the entire program, including the dissertation, within four years.

Admission Requirements:

Statement of Purpose, Three letters of recommendation, CV, GRE

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Graduates will understand and be capable of applying economic theory and quantitative methods at the highest professional levels of rigor.
    •  Advanced economic theory and quantitative methods will be well understood.
    •  Emphasis is placed on development of the formal theory and quantitative tools necessary for original research contributions to the field.
    •  Graduates will be capable of making basic research contributions to the literature, as well as conduct applied economic analyses at the highest levels of rigor.
  2.  Graduates will be trained in critical, integrative, and evaluative thinking at the highest professional levels of rigor.
    •  Graduates will be able to integrate advanced economic theory, advanced quantitative methods, and institutional knowledge relating to the economic problem context to conduct research at the frontiers of the profession in order to assist consumers, firms, and policy makers in making economically rational decisions.
    • Graduates will be able to conduct advanced analysis and evaluation of broad economic and social problems concerning the allocation of individual, firm and social resources.
    • Graduates with the PhD in Agricultural Economics will be differentiated by their expertise in analyzing resource decisions and institutions involved in the food and fiber sector of the economy, or in analyzing economic issues relating to natural resources and the environment.
  3. Graduates will have advanced communication skills oriented towards academic professionals.
    •  Advanced written and oral communication skills are necessary for Ph.D-level economists to contribute effectively to the economics literature, and are also necessary  for efficient and clear dissemination of the knowledge generated from advanced economic analysis to target groups in the private and public sectors.

Student Opportunities:

None

Career Opportunities:

Professional Economists in academia, government, and the private sector

Career Placements:

Health Research Scientist, Texas A&M
Assistant Professor, Eastern Washington University
Economist and Research Fellow, Center for Disease Control in Atlanta

Faculty Members:

Bai, Jinhui, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Macroeconomics, Political Economy, Theory

Batina, Raymond G, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Brady, Michael P, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Specialty crops
Water and irrigated agriculture
Modeling coupled human and environmental systems
Land use, value, and ownership

Casavant, Kenneth, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Transportation Policy and Marketing

Chouinard, Hayley Helene, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Consumer demand for differentiated food products, auction and lottery allocation theory, and agricultural and natural resource policy.

Cowan, Benjamin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Espinola-Arredondo, Ana Fabiola, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Environmental Economics and Game Theory
Industrial Organization and Applied Microeconomics.

Fortenbery, Randy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

My research program currently focuses on agricultural price performance in local and national markets. It looks at impacts of new information on relative prices, as well as overall price levels. I also am engaged in studying the impact of futures price action on the stability of cash prices

Galinato, Gregmar, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Natural resource and environmental economics and issues in development economics.

Gallardo, Rosa Karina, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Agribusiness marketing, consumer demand, value-added food products .

Gibson, Mark, Ph.D.

Iles, Richard A, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Health Economics, Development Economics, Behavioral Economics

Jessup, Eric L, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Improving freight transportation efficiency across all modes and the spatial characteristics influencing facility location decisions for inter-modal truck/rail investments.

Kuzyk, Patricia, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Institutional Economics, Pedagogy.

Love, Alan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Industrial Organization, Information Economics, Supply-Chains, and Applied Econometrics.

Mandal, Bidisha, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Health Economics, Health Care Policy, Economics of Gender

Marsh, Thomas Lloyd, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

McCluskey, Jill J, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Product differentiation and market power in food industries, including product quality, food safety, and food labeling issues, environmental damage and land use issues.

McCracken, Vicki A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Specialization in General Marketing and Price Analysis, Fruit Marketing, Consumption Analysis, Applied Econometrics.

Mittelhammer, R C, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Munoz-Garcia, Felix, Ph.D.

Research Interests

– Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory and Industrial Organization.
– Public and Environmental Economics.

Neibergs, Joseph Shannon, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Production economics of livestock industries, agribusiness and the commodity markets for livestock products.

Prera, Alejandro, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Environmental and natural resources economics, international and development economics.

Rosenman, Robert E, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Shumway, Richard, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair on graduate committee

Research Interests

Production economics, taxation

Tian, Can, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Macroeconomics, Business Cycles, Industry/Firm Dynamics, Production Network, Search and Matching Theory

Wandschneider, Philip, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Non-market valuation, water economics and policy, the economics of sustainable agriculture.

Yan, Jia, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Transportation Economics, Applied Microeconomics, and Applied Econometrics.

Yoder, Jonathan, Ph.D.

Contact Information:

Dr. Jill McCluskey
Washington State University
PO Box 646210
Pullman, WA 99164-6210
509-335-2835
509-335-1173