Graduate Job Market & Placement

The decision rests with the student and the student’s Research Advisory Committee as to the timing of the student’s entry to the job market. Planning for the job market begins in the Spring semester before the academic year when the student plans to be on the market. The student should apply for a Dissertation Fellowship to cover the final year in the program, in the Spring previous to that final year. Then, the formal process of finding a job will begin early in the fall semester. The key participants in the student’s job search will be the Graduate Secretary, the Placement Director, and the student’s Research Advisory Committee.

  • The Graduate Secretary coordinates the mailing and uploading of the student’s recommendation letters from faculty members, along with other administrative tasks related to job search.
  • The Placement Director conducts information meetings for students on the job market to fill them in on the details of applications to academic and non-academic institutions, job interviews at the ASSA meetings, and how to coordinate campus visits and visits to non-academic institutions. The department places great importance on helping students obtain professional positions. The Graduate Secretary and the Placement Director set up a website with information on our students on the job market, and mail the same information in a physical packet to numerous institutions that hire Ph.D. economists. 
  • The Placement Director plays a coordinating role in the matching of students with jobs, but the primary responsibility for a student’s placement lies with the Research Advisory Committee, and particularly with the Dissertation Chair. Recommendation letters, typically written by the Research Advisory Committee members (though not necessarily) play an important role in the job market process. The Research Advisory Committee has primary responsibility for making personal contacts in the field to help place the student.

Job Market Meetings

Meetings are held on the following dates at 4:00 p.m in Seigle Hall 348: September 5, 2019 (Thursday); October 3, 2019 (Thursday); November 21, 2019 (Thursday); January 7, 2020 (Tuesday). All grad students are welcome.

Job Market Timeline

Timing on the job market is typically as follows:

September

The student should make sure that his or her job market paper (the paper that will be the central contribution in the dissertation, and that the student will present in job market seminars) is complete and polished. The student should consult job listings – principally Job Openings For Economists – and develop a list of institutions to which he or she wishes to apply, in consultation with the Research Advisory Committee.

October

Students apply for positions, with the help of the Graduate Secretary. Students should make sure that faculty members submit their recommendation letters to the Graduate Secretary.

October/November

Students present their job market papers in a 90-minute seminar setting at least once.

December

Students should hear from institutions who wish to schedule interviews at the ASSA Meetings.

Early January

ASSA meetings are held. This is where interviews of job candidates occur. These interviews are typically held in hotel rooms and last 30 minutes. Institutions with job openings develop short lists from their interviews at the ASSA meetings and arrange visits for people on those lists. The matching process continues through the spring semester, with most institutions making their first job offers in early to mid-February.

See Flow Chart

PhD Placement History

2018-2019

  • Meichen Chen, East China University of Science and Technology
  • Ardina Hasanbasri, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Teaching track)
  • Junnan He, Sciences Po
  • Helu (Lucia) Jiang, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
  • Hoipan Wong, Nankai University (Finance) 
  • Biancen Xie, Wells Fargo
  • Geyu Yang, Tianjin University

2017-2018

  • Juan Aquino Chavez, Central Reserve Bank of Peru
  • Sangmin Aum, Korea Development Institute
  • Ting Yuen Terry Cheung, Academia Sinica
  • Minhyeon Jeong, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
  • Sie Won Kim, Texas Tech University
  • Rodolfo Oviedo Moguel, Central Bank of Mexico
  • Faisal Sohail, University of Melbourne
  • Xi Wang, Peking University (Department of Finance, School of Economics)
  • Yinghong Yvonne Zhang, Capital One
  • Lijun Zhu, Peking University (Institute of New Structural Economics)

2016-2017

  • Nicolas Aguelakakis, Arkansas Development Finance Authority
  • Wan-Jung Cheng, Academia Sinica
  • Jinji Hao, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Stephanie Heger, University of Sydney
  • Andres Hincapie, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Inkee Jang, Xiamen University
  • Kee Youn Kang, Yonsei University (Department of Finance)
  • Rongsheng Tang, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
  • Chien-Chiang Wang, National Taiwan University

2015-2016

  • Duksang Cho, Korea Development Institute
  • Hee Chun Kim, Korea Information Society Development Institute
  • Sunha Myong, Singapore Management University
  • Jaevin Park, University of Mississippi-Oxford
  • Lin Shao, Bank of Canada
  • Jiemai Wu, University of Sydney
  • Yao Yao, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Jundong Zhang, Deutsche Bank

2014-2015

  • Ting-Wei Lai, National Chengchi University 
  • Jungho Lee, Singapore Management University
  • Junmin Liao, Wuhan University
  • Wei Wang, University of International Business and Economics 
  • Emircan Yurdagul, University Carlos lll of Madrid

2013-2014

  • Jan Auerbach, University of Exeter
  • Juan Block, University of Cambridge, post-doctoral
  • Julieta Caunedo, Cornell University
  • Yi-Yi Chen, Feng Chia University (Taiwan)
  • Feng Dong, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Minho Kim, Korea Development Institute 
  • Dongya Koh, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
  • Sho Miyamoto, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, post-doctoral
  • Youzong Xu, Xi'an Jiatong University

2012-2013

  • Francesco Carli, Catholic University in Libson, post-doctoral
  • Hassan Faghani Dermi, Compass Lexecon, Washington DC
  • Shota Fujishima, University of Tokyo
  • Filippo Massari, University of New South Wales
  • Irina Panovska, Lehigh University
  • Yang Tang, Nanyang Technological University
  • Gustavo Torrens, Indiana University
  • Haibo Xu, Fudan University

2011-2012

  • Carmen Astorne-Figari, University of Memphis
  • Rohan Dutta, McGill University
  • Wen-Chieh Lee, National Chengchi University
  • Shintaro Miura, Kanagawa University 
  • Nicholas Papageorge, Johns Hopkins
  • Yin-Chi Wang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Tsz-Nga Wong, The Bank of Canada

2010-2011

  • Azamat Abdymomunov, The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Kyoung Jin Choi, Univeristy of Calvary
  • Aleksandr Yankelevich, Federal Communications Commission, Washington DC
  • Chia-Ming Yu, Xian University
  • Jie Zheng, Tsinghua University
  • Yu Zheng, City University of Hong Kong

2009-2010

  • Kyu Ho Kang, Ajou University, Korea
  • Daniel Sanches, Federal Reserve Bank, Philadelphia
  • Rasim Burak Uras, Tilburg University
  • Masahiro Watabe, Zirve University
  • Ji Yan, Appalachian State University

2008-2009

  • Tanika Chakraborty, DIW, Berlin
  • Yunjong Eo, University of Sydney
  • Daifeng He, College of William and Mary
  • Sheng Haung, Lee Kong Chian School of Business in Singapore Management University
  • Jeremy Jackson, North Dakota State University
  • Srikanth Ramamurthy, Loyola College in Maryland
  • Kevin Shaver, Duquesne University
  • Jacek Suda, Banque de France
  • Anastasia Zervou, Texas A&M

2007-2008

  • Raul Andrade, Grupo de Analisis para el Desarrollo
  • James Butikofer, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, DC
  • Juan Carlos Carbajal Ponce, University of Queensland - Australia
  • Charles Courtemanche, University of North Carolina - Greensboro
  • Patrick McAlvanah, Federal Trade Commission
  • Michael Plotzke, ABT Associates Incorporated
  • Aarti Singh, University of Sydney
  • Tomasz Skladzien, Australian Department of the Treasury
  • Pao-Lin Tien, Wesleyan University

2006-2007

  • William Carden, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
  • Bakhodir Ergashev, Federal Reserve, Richmond, VA
  • Thomas King, Board of Governors of the Fed Reserve
  • Sinchan Mitra, Discover, Chicago, IL
  • Jie Pan, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
  • Jiaren Pang, SUNY-Buffalo
  • Suraj Prasad, University of New South Wales

2005-2006

  • Eliana Balla, Federal Reserve, Richmond, VA
  • Janice Compton, University of Manitoba
  • Ryan Compton, University of Manitoba
  • Jeremy Groves, Northern Illinois University
  • Liana Jacobi, University of Melbourne
  • Vahe Lskavyan, Ohio University
  • Morgan Rose, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Tara Sinclair, George Washington University
  • Mariana Spatareanu, Rutgers, Newark
  • Vlad Manole, The World Bank, Washington DC

2004-2005

  • Shaojun Chen, Morning Star, Chicago
  • James Brown, Montana State University
  • David Switzer, Northern Michigan University
  • Mindy Marks, University of California
  • Nina Baranchuk, University of Texas

    Helpful Links

    • AEA Annual Meeting

      The concurrent economics job fair brings together thousands of job-seekers and recruiting companies in pre-registered interview sessions.

    • Job Openings for Economists (JOE)

      Each year, over 1,500+ PhDs secure employment at colleges, universities, corporations and government agencies with the help of the JOE Network.

    • Joe Signal

      The AEA coordinates a mechanism through which applicants can signal their interest in receiving an interview at the January meetings.

    • Econ-Jobs.com

      More than 160,000 economists use Econ-Jobs.com to drive their economist job search in academia, government and the private sector.

    • EconJobMarket

      EJM's main aim is to improve the flow of information in the job market for academic economists, by providing a central repository for job-market materials and by encouraging interoperability between the various recruitment systems.

    • National Bureau of Economic Research

      The NBER offers a list of PhD candidates in economics across universities.