Letter from the Chair


As chair of the Economics Department at the University of Pennsylvania, I wish to thank you for visiting our website. We are consistently ranked as one of the top 10 U.S. economics department, with faculty and students dedicated to applying cutting-edge theoretical, computational and empirical methods to answer questions of general economic research and policy interest.

Our faculty from 18 countries and five continents includes two Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and eight Fellows of the Econometric Society whose research is supported by some twenty research grants from the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, and similar institutions.

For the academic year 2017/18 we welcome two new faculty members. This fall, Assistant Professor Annie Liang joins us from Microsoft New England, where she had spent the past as a post doc after receiving her doctorate from Harvard University.  Annie is an economic theorist, with interests in behavioral economics, decision, and game theory.  Her current research concerns the use of machine learning algorithms to benchmarking the predictability of theories when subjected to data testing. 

This coming spring, Professor Amit Gandhi will join us from the University of Wisconsin and Microsoft.  Amit is an applied economist specializing in industrial organization and econometrics.  He has done important work on methodological model identification of demand and production functions and in auction models. 

Our vibrant Ph.D. program houses 120 students from across the globe conducting research in the four major areas of inquiry Econometrics, Economic Theory, Empirical Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics.

Our Ph.D. student placement record continues to be strong. We look forward to watching our students becoming future leaders in the Economics profession and proudly accept the challenge to guide future cohorts of Ph.D. students to similarly successful outcomes.

On the undergraduate level, Economics has consistently been the largest undergraduate major in the School of Arts and Sciences, and as a department, we are committed to impart the insights we have gathered from our own research on our students in a scientifically rigorous yet accessible and interesting way.

I cordially invite you to come visit us in Philadelphia and join in our exciting quest to better understand the complex international economic world, one research project at a time.

Yours Sincerely,

George J. Mailath
Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences
Professor and Chair of the Economics Department