Carnegie Mellon University


The Tepper School of Business has a rich history of producing a wide range of substantive research, from student projects to the nine Nobel Prize winners in Economics. 

Students are surrounded by individuals and teams who are constantly pushing the boundaries of human knowledge. In the undergraduate economics program, students are not only encouraged to participate in research, but are provided with the opportunities and means by which to do so. Students may be involved with research in economics by working as research assistants to faculty members, pursuing their own research projects, taking research methods courses and working on projects in economics electives.

Exposure to and participation in the research process begins during the first economics courses. Whether participating in a small-group investigation in a Freshman Seminar in Economics course or hearing about the research of their Principles of Economics professor, students are immersed in research. As students' skillsets expand, in-class research opportunities expand as do opportunities to work with faculty outside of the classroom. The Economics curriculum culminates with independent research during the senior year in the Senior Project capstone course or through the Senior Honors Program in Economics.

Academic Minds: Faculty Research Spotlight

Do consumers benefit from more competition in financial markets?

Ariel Zetlin Jones, Tepper School Associate Professor of Economics, speaks about his research on what makes financial markets work.

How does a natural disaster affect voting patterns?

John Gasper, Tepper School Associate Teaching Professor of Economics, speaks about his research on the political economy — the intersection of economics and politics — specifically how natural disasters affect voting patterns.

Does the rise in replacement workers impact wages?

Shu Lin Wee, Tepper School Assistant Professor of Economics, speaks about her research on replacement hiring and the productivity-wage gap.

Taxation and the Redistribution of Wealth

Sevin Yeltekin, Tepper School Senior Associate Dean of Education and Professor of Economics, speaks about her research on policy issues related to the macroeconomy — specifically, how to redistribute through the taxation system.