PhD Economics

A mastery of economic principles and applications.

The LSU Department of Economics is committed to excellence in teaching and research. Our PhD program is designed to develop economists capable of adding to the knowledge of economics, performing independent research, and teaching at the collegiate level. Our faculty are frequent recipients of teaching awards, regularly publish in prestigious professional journals, and several serve as editors of professional journals.

We provide our graduate students with analytic skills and a breadth of economic understanding that prepares them for careers in academics, government, or business. To this end, we encourage our students to begin research as soon as possible. Once our students finish their coursework, they immediately start research with their advisors. Many of them publish papers before they complete the PhD program, helping them in the job market.

STEM Designation

The PhD in Economics is a STEM-designated  program (CIP Code: 45.0603: Econometrics and Quantitative Economics). International students in STEM degree programs can apply for a 24-month STEM extension of their F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT).

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Beyond the PhD

Our alumni enjoy successful careers in academia and public sector. Organizations that employ our students:

  • Auburn University
  • Clemson University
  • George Mason University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Portland State University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of Kentucky
  • Amazon
  • Capital One
  • Federal Communication Commission
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Guggenheim Partners
  • JP Morgan
  • State of Louisiana
  • T. Rowe Price
  • SAS Corporation
  • Wells Fargo
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Faculty Feature

Daniel Keniston
Associate Professor Daniel Keniston’s research investigates fundamental questions in today’s developing countries and the economic history of the United States. His work has taken him from designing experiments in collaboration with the Police of Rajasthan, India, to coffee farms in Rwanda, to combing through the U.S. National Archives for evidence on the economic outcomes of formerly enslaved persons after the Civil War. But this work is more than purely academic: in each project, Keniston aims to generate usable evidence to improve policies and, ultimately, increase economic welfare.



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Department of Economics

2300 Business Education Complex
501 South Quad Drive

Daniel Keniston

Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Economics
2325 Business Education Complex