Economics

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

Founded in 1903, the Department of Economics at UC Berkeley is well known for the excellence of its teaching and advising, with a strong reputation for producing outstanding PhD graduates as well as rigorous and innovative economic research. In recent years, Berkeley economics PhDs have been hired at many other leading institutions, including Harvard, MIT, Yale, the U.S. Federal Reserve, and the World Bank. The department is also consistently ranked among the world's top research departments. Berkeley faculty have won 5 Nobel Prizes, 5 John Bates Clark Medals, and 21 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships (an average of 1 per year since 1995). Berkeley economics faculty and students have done groundbreaking work in economic theory, econometrics, macroeconomics, and all major fields of applied research, and they have served as policymakers at the highest levels, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Libraries

The Thomas J. Long Business Library houses the major collection of business administration materials on the UC Berkeley campus. The Long Library's collections emphasize the academic and scholarly aspects of business to support the research and teaching mission of the University. Special strengths of the collection include business ethics; company and business history; corporate finance; corporate social responsibility; entrepreneurship; family business; high-technology industries; innovation and technological change; and nonprofit management. The collection, which spans the physical library, off-site storage in Richmond, and the web, includes over 150,000 books, 1.6 million microforms, and thousands of subscriptions in digital format. A large digital library in the social sciences supports the interdisciplinary research needs of graduate students and faculty.

The Mathematics Statistics Library maintains a reserve collection of software manuals for the Econometrics Lab. The books are owned by the Econometrics Lab but circulated by the library on their behalf.

Research Centers

Faculty and students in the department participate in many research centers. For further information, see the department's website.

Undergraduate Program

Economics: BA

Graduate Program

Economics: PhD

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Courses

Economics

Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

David Sehun Ahn, Associate Professor. Game theory, decision theory, mathematical economics.
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Alan J. Auerbach, Professor. Economics, law, tax policy, public finance.
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David Card, Professor. Economics, immigration, unemployment, education, the Canadian, labor market conditions, minimum wage.
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+ Stefano DellaVigna, Professor. Behavioral economics, applied microeconomics, behavioral finance, media economics.
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Aaron S. Edlin, Professor. Economics, industrial organization, regulation, antitrust.
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Barry Eichengreen, Professor. Europe, China, economic growth, international economics, international finance, international monetary economics, economic history.
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Haluk I. Ergin, Associate Professor. Theory.

Ben Faber, Assistant Professor. International trade, development economics.

Joseph Farrell, Professor. Economics, price theory models of anticompetitive exclusive dealing, switching costs, network effects, formal standardization.
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Frederico S. Finan, Associate Professor. Development economics, political economy.
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Cecile Gaubert, Assistant Professor. International trade, economic geography.

Lisa Goldberg, Adjunct Professor.

Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Associate Professor. Macroeconomics, econometrics, international economics, development economics, comparative economics.
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Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, Professor. Economics, exchange rate, lending booms, consumption, capital flows, global imbalances, external adjustment, international prices, international portfolios, financial crises, eurozone crisis.
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Bryan Graham, Associate Professor. Econometrics, Social and Economic Networks, Peer Effects.
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Benjamin R. Handel, Assistant Professor. Health economics, industrial organization.
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Benjamin Hermalin, Professor. Contract theory, corporate governance, executive compensation, economics of leadership and organization, competitive strategy, industrial organization.
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Hilary Hoynes, Professor. Poverty, inequality, economic policy, Social Safety Net, labor economics.
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Michael Jansson, Professor. Economics, econometrics.
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Shachar Kariv, Professor. Economics, experimental economics, behavioral economics, networks, microeconomic theory, social learning.
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Michael Katz, Professor. Antitrust, economics of networks industries, intellectual property licensing, privacy, telecommunications policy.
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Kei Kawai, Assistant Professor. Industrial organization, political economy.

Patrick Kline, Associate Professor. Place Based Policies, labor markets, inequality, welfare programs, firm wage setting policies.
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+ Ulrike Malmendier, Professor. Corporate finance, behavioral finance, behavioral economics, applied, microeconomics.
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+ Edward Andrew Miguel, Professor. Africa, education, development economics, human capital, health, ethnic divisions, social capital, civil conflict, war, pre-analysis plans, water.
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Conrad Miller, Assistant Professor. Labor, hiring, affirmative action, spatial frictions, criminal justice policy.

Enrico Moretti, Professor. Labor economics, urban economics.
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John Morgan, Professor. Game theory, pricing, competitive strategy, innovation, tech economy, e-commerce, charitable giving, corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship, survey and poll design, auctions.
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Maurice Obstfeld, Professor. Economics, monetary and fiscal remedies for deflation, open-market purchases in a liquidity trap, exchange rates, and monetary policy, international finance, open-economy macroeconomics, macroeconomic history.
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+ Martha Olney, Adjunct Professor. Economics, macroeconomics, discrimination, consumer credit, credit access, and advertising.
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Demian Gaston Pouzo, Assistant Professor. Econometrics, macroeconomics.

James L. Powell, Professor. Economics, endogeneity in semiparametric binary response models, instrumental variables estimation of nonparametric models, endogeneity in nonparametric and semiparametric regression models.
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Andres Rodriguez-Clare, Professor. International trade, economic growth, multinational production, technology diffusion.
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Gerard Roland, Professor. Institutions and development, culture and economics, political institutions and economic outcomes, European Parliament and European institutions, reforms in China/North Korea/Eastern Europe.
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David H. Romer, Professor. Economics, the federal reserve, the Bellman equation, measuring monetary shocks.
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+ Christina D. Romer, Professor. Economics, the federal reserve, monetary shocks, the great depression.
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Jesse Rothstein, Associate Professor. Inequality, unemployment, tax policy, local public finance, value added, teacher quality, black-white gap, segregation, economics of education, labor market.
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Emmanuel Saez, Professor. Inequality, taxation, redistribution.
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Benjamin Schoefer, Assistant Professor. Macroeconomics, labor economics, corporate finance.

Chris Shannon, Professor. Economics, mathematical economics, economic theory.
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Carl Shapiro, Professor. Business, economics, game theory, licensing, anti-trust economics, intellectual property, economics of networks and interconnection.
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David Sraer, Assistant Professor. Financial economics, behavioral finance, behavioral economics, economics of organization, entrepreneurship.

Philipp Strack, Assistant Professor. Gametheory, auctions, Mechanism Design, pricing, Revenue Management, learning, Models of Competition, microeconomic theory, behavioral economics, option pricing.
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+ Laura D'Andrea Tyson, Professor. High-technology competition, US industrial and technology policies, international economy, US trade policy, US competitiveness, emerging market economies, multinational companies in the US economy, gender gap (economic participation, educational attainment, political empowerment and health), research and development tax credit.
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Christopher Walters, Assistant Professor. Labor economics, applied econometrics, economics of education, structural modeling.
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Glenn A. Woroch, Adjunct Professor. Economics, privacy, telecommunications policy, antitrust policy, intellectual property protection.
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Danny Yagan, Assistant Professor. Capital, taxes, labor.

Gabriel Zucman, Assistant Professor. Public economics, inequality, wealth, taxation.

Lecturers

Mike Arnold, Lecturer.

Stephen Bianchi, Lecturer.

Archana Dube, Lecturer.

Evgeniya A. Duzhak, Lecturer.

Ted Egan, Lecturer.

Galina Hale, Lecturer.

Raymond J. Hawkins, Lecturer.

Calanit Kamala, Lecturer.

Joseph W. H. Lough, Lecturer.

Dmitry Taubinsky, Lecturer.

Steven A. Wood, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

George A. Akerlof, Professor Emeritus. Economics, macroeconomics, poverty, family problems, crime, discrimination, monetary policy, German unification.
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Robert Anderson, Professor Emeritus. Finance, probability theory, mathematical economics, nonstandard analysis.
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Pranab Bardhan, Professor Emeritus. Poverty, inequality, globalization, political economy, institutional economics, development economics, international economics.
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George F. Break, Professor Emeritus.

Clair Brown, Professor Emeritus. Innovation, management, economics, labor, employment, labor market institutions, semi-conductor industry.
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Roger Craine, Professor Emeritus. Economics, exchange rate regime credibility, the agency cost of capital, stochastic-volatility jump-diffusion models, dollarization, monetary policy shocks, security market responses.
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Jan De Vries, Professor Emeritus. Economics, demography, history.
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Albert Fishlow, Professor Emeritus.

Richard J. Gilbert, Professor Emeritus. Economics, industrial organization, regulation, market power in electricity networks, market structure, organizational structure, and randd diversity, antitrust policy evolution.
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Bronwyn H. Hall, Professor Emeritus. Applied econometrics, economics of technical change, economics of innovation, patent policy, RandD value, taxation, financing RandD.
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Theodore E. Keeler, Professor Emeritus.

John M. Letiche, Professor Emeritus. Economics.
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Daniel L. Mcfadden, Professor Emeritus.

Michael Reich, Professor Emeritus. Economics, training, pensions, living wages.
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Thomas J. Rothenberg, Professor Emeritus. Economics.
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Kenneth E. Train, Professor Emeritus. Economics, regulation, econometrics, energy, choice modeling.
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Benjamin N. Ward, Professor Emeritus.

Oliver E. Williamson, Professor Emeritus. Economics, corporations.
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Contact Information

Department of Economics

530 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-642-0822

Fax: 510-642-6615

econdept@berkeley.edu

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Department Chair

Alan Auerbach

525 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-643-0711

auerbach@econ.berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Chair

Martha Olney, PhD

691 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-642-6083

ugrad@econ.berkeley.edu

Graduate Chair

Andres Rodriguez-Clare, PhD

609 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-642-9854

gradofc@econ.berkeley.edu

Director of Student Services

Patrick G. Allen

543 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-642-0824

pallen@econ.berkeley.edu

Lead Graduate Adviser

Heather Iwata

541 Evans Hall

Phone: 510-642-6172

hiwata@berkeley.edu

Lead Undergraduate Adviser

Khia Serneo

539 Evans Hall

kserneo@berkeley.edu

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