The market for economists remains strong: universities, colleges, business firms, international organizations, and government agencies have numerous openings, and graduates of high quality Ph.D. programs have no difficulty in finding rewarding positions that pay well.
The Penn Economics Department assists its Ph.D. candidates to find appropriate positions by circulating everyone's credentials to well over a thousand employers of Ph.D.- level economists, by advising students at every step of the job hunting process (i.e., application procedures, interviews, presentation of research seminars, negotiations, and decisions), and by urging particular employers to consider qualified Penn students. An established member of the senior faculty serves as Graduate Placement Officer to coordinate the process and help all students. Individual faculty members in the student's field (including the primary dissertation advisor) offer extensive personal help.
Resources are also available through Penn Career Services, which employs professional counselors specifically for graduate students.
During recent years, Penn students have accepted academic positions at Boston University, Brown, UCLA, and Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, and Georgetown, University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, MIT (Sloan), New York University, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Northwestern, Princeton, Purdue, Rutgers, Stanford, Williams, and Yale, among others.
Nonacademic positions have been accepted, at Bell Laboratories, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Trade Commission, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. Many foreign students return to their native countries and take important public, private, and university positions.
The following is a list of offers accepted by Penn students on the job market:
Gloria Allione – Bank of Italy
Minsu Chang – Georgetown University
Yiran Chen – Cornerstone
Xiang Fang – The University of Hong Kong, Finance
Timothy Hursey – Afiniti
Kory Kantenga – Cornerstone
Joonbae Lee – KISDI (Korea Institute for Information Society and Development)
Nishant Ravi – Indian School of Business
Eugenio Rojas – University of Florida
Paul Sangrey – Amazon (Seattle)
Carlos Luis Segura-Rodriguez – Central Bank of Costa Rica
Takeaki Sunada – University of Rochester
Hanna Wang – Autonoma Barcelona/Move
Junyuan Zou - INSEAD
Raphael Galvao - Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile
Qing Gong – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Pengfei Han – Peking University
Zahra Mohammadi – Capital One
Maria Jose Orraca Corona - Ministry of Finance, Mexico
Gokhan Oz – Analysis Group
Zhesheng Qiu - City University of Hong Kong
Benjamin Rosa – Virginia Tech
David Zarruk Valencia – ITAM
Weilong Zhang – Cambridge University