Research and Funding

All applicants admitted to the Economics PhD program will be eligible for some level of graduate assistantship. Offers of funding will vary in range according to availability and performance at the time of admission. There are opportunities for performance bonuses and department awards after the first year and subject to passing the end of year qualifying exams.

Research Centers

Center for the Advanced Study in Economic Efficiency (CASEE)

Directed by 2004 Nobel Prize Winner Edward C. Prescott, CASEE’s mission is to advance economics so it can better address issues in how to achieve greater economic efficiency. One part of the mission is the development of economic theory so that issues of efficiency can be addressed in broader contexts. A second part of the mission is to apply economic theory to issues of public concern through the integration of theoretical and factual studies. The third part of the mission is to diffuse this knowledge globally.

Summer at the Fed

Each summer, CASEE selects one or two exemplary graduate students to work as research assistants at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis in Minnesota. Students receive a summer stipend and summer tuition reimbursement (if applicable).

Center for Environmental Economics and Sustainability Policy (CEESP)

Directed by Professor and Julie A. Wrigley Chair in Economics and Sustainability, W. Michael Hanemann, the mission of the Center for Environmental Economics and Sustainability Policy (CEESP) is to develop research in environmental and resource economics that is relevant to policy needs. Special attention is given to issues of sustainability in the context of environmental, energy, climate, and resource management.

CEESP organizes faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students in its research activities. The Center’s faculty and research fellows work with the Central Arizona Project Long Term Ecological Research Site, the Decision Center for a Desert City and other interdisciplinary research programs at ASU. Our research is supported by grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security as well as other government agencies and non-profit foundations. Many of the research faculty hire department graduate students as research assistants for funded projects.

Center for the Study of Economic Liberty

Directed by Professor Ross Emmett, the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty seeks to advance our understanding through independent thinking, scholarly debate, factual argument, and clear, honest communication of research and policy findings. Funding opportunities are offered to students when available.

Graduate Teaching

Opportunities (based on performance) to teach are available to select students each academic year and additional opportunities are available for summer school. Graduate students selected to teach are mentored by faculty, receive technology training and classroom support. Additionally, each semester select students are chosen to assist faculty in teaching the core PhD courses.