Princeton has one of the finest economics departments in the world. Economics is consistently one of the most popular concentrations (majors) on campus and attracts a diverse group of students with a broad range of interests. Princeton economics graduates go on to a variety of careers. About three-quarters begin working immediately after graduation, most commonly in the business world. Examples of the type of companies that often hire economics graduates are investment banking, consulting, and banking firms. Others go to graduate school in law, medicine, business, and economics.

Students use the skills they develop through coursework when they write their junior independent papers and senior theses. In the junior year, each student is guided through the process of designing, researching, and writing a paper on a topic of his or her choice. The senior thesis provides students with the opportunity to tackle larger and more ambitious topics. Applied topics are the most common, and many make use of econometric techniques.


Due to COVID-19 related concerns, advising for sophomore sign-in will occur remotely. It is important that prospective majors read our undergraduate website and sign-in instructions carefully. If they have unanswered questions, they may contact the following for virtual advising:

Executive Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics – Professor Smita Brunnermeier 
Senior Thesis Coordinator Professor Ilyana Kuziemko
Program in Political Economy Coordinator – Professor Silvia Weyerbrock
Junior Independent Work Coordinator – Professor Kelly Noonan
Finance Certificate CoordinatorProfessor Yacine Ait-Sahalia
Undergraduate Program ManagerChristina Lipsky
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