The economics group at Johnson seeks to better understand the real world by using modern tools and methodologies.

Research encompasses industrial organization, behavioral, labor, and organizational economics. Within these fields, there is a particular—although by no means exclusive—emphasis on applied theory.

PhD students in economics at Johnson are fully part of the broader economics community at Cornell. For example, students take the majority of their coursework in Cornell's Arts and Sciences economics department and also receive the complete support and benefits of that department when seeking employment upon graduation. At the same time, by being part of a business school, students are exposed to research and teaching that is motivated by applied issues that are relevant to business schools as well as economics departments and industry.

Applicants interested in the Johnson PhD program in economics should complete their application for admission to the graduate field of economics at They should indicate, in their statement of purpose, that they are interested in working with Johnson faculty members.

Faculty: Robert H. Frank, Ori Heffetz, Justin P. Johnson, Thomas Jungbauer,  Armin Rick and Michael Waldman