The Boston College Economics faculty comprises 33 full time positions at present, with plans to grow by several positions. Faculty members allocate their time between research and teaching in undergraduate (900 majors and minors) and doctoral (70 students) programs as well as participating in the wider intellectual life of the University, the Boston area and the world.
Boston College provides considerable intellectual leadership to the economics profession. Members of the Department hold 29 editorial board positions on some of the leading journals of the profession. Department members include one editor and two co-editors of journals and one NIH review panel member. Two members of the Department are Fellows of the Econometric Society. Four members of the Department are NBER Research Associates and one is an NBER Research Fellow. The Boston College Economics Department ranks between 24th and 26th among U.S. economics departments in the Combes-Linnemer worldwide rankings appearing in the December 2003 Journal of the European Economic Association. The economics Ph.D. program is ranked 31 in the U.S. News & World Report 2009 peer assessment survey. With University approval and support, we are on a growth path aimed at achieving and maintaining a top 25 ranking among U.S. economics departments. Recent hires include distinguished econometricians, economic theorists and applied economists, adding to the established strength of the Department in applied economics.
The graduate program in economics is dedicated to full-time Ph.D. students. The doctoral program is designed to train economists for careers in teaching and research by providing a strong foundation in economic theory, quantitative research methods and applied fields. The Ph.D. program admits about 16 new students per year. The size of the program permits the Department to offer a broad range of courses while at the same time enabling students to receive a good deal of individual attention. In addition to core courses in economic theory and quantitative methods, the program offers courses in advanced micro and macro theory, econometric theory, applied econometrics, international trade, empirical international finance, topics in international macro, topics in international economic policy, economic development, public sector economics, monetary economics, labor economics, industrial organization and finance.
Boston College’s proximity to Cambridge and Boston make it part of the area’s lively intellectual community. The Ph.D. program draws upon the rich academic resources of the area in addition to those available within the Economics Department and other departments and schools at Boston College.
Students will find additional information about the Department at www.bc.edu/economics.