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  • The Economics department at The New School for Social Research is a leading center of economics in the world, with a storied past. We are one of a very small number of PhD-granting economics programs offering rigorous, high-quality training that embraces a range of intellectual traditions as well as their modern applications. We emphasize economic theory, political economy, the history of economics and economic history, and connections to related disciplines. We give importance to diverse perspectives, often neglected elsewhere, while offering a critically informed awareness of mainstream economics. Our aim is insightful and incisive scholarly investigation of the economic dimensions of contemporary society.

    The Department of Economics refers in its teaching and research to a wide range of schools of thought including but not confined to mainstream, Keynesian, and post-Keynesian economics; the classical political economy of Smith, Ricardo, and Marx and its modern interpreters; structuralist and institutionalist approaches; and innovative methodological currents. We believe that political economic insight grows out of in-depth understanding of the history of economics and economic history, as well as acquaintance with the social sciences generally and with debates in the natural sciences, history, and philosophy. We also assign great importance to the application of cutting-edge analytical, conceptual, and empirical research tools. We foreground a global perspective while also addressing national and local questions and are concerned with both policy and theory, which we view as inseparable. Among the practical issues we examine are inclusive growth and development, sustainability, technology and innovation, employment, working conditions, livelihoods, social well-being, living standards, poverty, and inequality.

    Convinced that disciplinary rigor and holism can be combined, we are committed to upholding and carrying forward a tradition of pluralism. Courses of study emphasize the historical roots of economic ideas, the premises underlying alternative models, the analytical content of these models, and the existence of conflicting explanations and interpretations of economic phenomena arising from differing interests in society, diverse values, and distinct ways of approaching problems. We emphasize research based on rigorous training in the conceptual, mathematical, and statistical modeling techniques central to contemporary economic research, accompanied by a robust appreciation of methodological problems in the social sciences, the role of normative reasoning in both theory and policy, and the value of diverse ways of knowing and of intellectual boundary crossing in understanding complex systems.

    Many faculty members and students are connected to the research activities of The New School’s interdisciplinary institutes and centers, including but not confined to the Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies, the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA), and the Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy. Our working papers and seminars provide a fuller idea of the activities in our department. To subscribe to our email list and to receive news about events, activities, and opportunities, please email the department.

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    The Department of Economics offers MA, MS, and PhD degrees in Economics and an MA in Global Political Economy and Finance. Students who complete MA and MS requirements with sufficient distinction may be considered for admission to PhD study. The department also grants direct PhD admission to well-qualified applicants who have completed a comparable MA in Economics at another institution. New School graduate students in other disciplines may also complete a graduate minor in Methods and Concepts of Political Economy. 

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    Economics is a discipline that combines abstract thought with concrete empirical observation. Courses provide different points of view on both the historical context and modern importance of different schools of economic thought.

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