Following the campus guidelines for Coronavirus all UC Davis classes, lectures, seminars, labs and discussion sections will move to virtual instruction and remain virtual through the end of Summer Session 2021, including final exams. Given this, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions. To contact staff members of the department via e-mail or phone, please go to our administrative staff contact page.  We anticipate a return to campus for Fall 2021.

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The Graduate Program

The rigorous UC Davis Graduate Program in Economics gives students a strong foundation and a supportive collegial structure within which to produce a body of scholarly work and form the basis for careers in academics and leadership positions in industry.

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The Department of Economics has world-renowned faculty members, all active in research, and by various comparative criteria the department consistently ranks between number 20 and 32 in the country.

Collegial research environment

The members of the Department of Economics faculty are all active in research, and by various comparative criteria the department consistently ranks between number 20 and 32 in the country. Graduate students collaborate closely with our eminent faculty members as they learn the methodologies of theoretical and empirical research. Through the department's robust workshops and seminars, students gain access to the latest research and insights presented by distinguished invited speakers.

Career preparation

The intellectually stimulating UC Davis Graduate Program in Economics prepares about 90 concurrently enrolled students to teach in college and university economics departments and business schools. Economists with doctoral credentials are highly sought among government advisory councils, congressional staffs, and private and public institutions that influence public policy. Many establish themselves as consultants advising government agencies and policy-setting organizations such as the National Economic Council, the Federal Reserve, the Treasury Department, the Council of Economic Advisers, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Excellent job placement record

The UC Davis Department of Economics is proud of its job placement record relative to similarly ranked departments. About 60 percent of our Ph.D. graduates have secured academic positions at top universities, including the University of Arizona, University of Oregon, Bocconi University in Italy, and Dartmouth College. Other students have attained employment as economists in the California state government, the federal government or, for some foreign students, their own national government.