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Business Economics & Public Policy


The PhD Program in Business Economics offers two distinct academic challenges. First drawing from economic theory, and the resources in the LS&A's economics department, the program provides a comprehensive perspective on microeconomics and its application to issues pertaining to the conduct and performance of business in the US and around the world. The core course requirements include microeconomic theory and econometrics and statistics, as well as BE Topics Courses that discuss applied research using theory and methods from various areas of economics, such as industrial organization, international trade, public finance, labor economics, development, and organizational economics. Second, each student specializes in a business area cognate such as accounting, finance or marketing.


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BE PhD Coordinator
Professor Francine Lafontaine
The Business Economics (BE) Ph.D. program (previously known as the International Business and Business Economics Ph.D. program) at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan was created in 2005 as a result of a reorganization of the faculty in the school. Prior to this, Ross offered a Ph.D. program in International Business. Because the faculty most involved with the International Business Ph.D. program were economists who moved their appointments to the Business Economics group, the decision was made to have the Business Economics group take ownership of this Ph.D. program. The Business Economics faculty includes faculty specializing in the study of the role of business and public policy in the US and around the world. As such, it remains committed to building on the international component of the original program while at the same time broadening the scope and reach of the program to other areas of expertise of the Business Economics and Public Policy faculty.