Most students find the economics department friendly and hospitable.
The faculty is accessible, and students are encouraged to cooperate, rather than compete, with one another.
Economists play a large part in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), whose aim is to develop and synthesize contributions of several disciplines to the illumination and solution of important real-world problems.
Economists also are prominent in other interdisciplinary programs in the university, such as Afro-American Studies and studies of various areas of the world, notably Latin America, Africa, China, Japan, East Asia, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and Western Europe.
The faculty skit that ordinarily follows is worth the price of admission (zero).
Life in New Haven, sometimes maligned in contrast with Boston or the San Francisco area, is actually very pleasing.
Avenue which, as any New Haven historical buff will tell you, Charles Dickens called the most beautiful street in America.
It is still beautiful, even though the arch of towering elms that purportedly impressed Dickens was long ago replaced with oak.
By the fall of your third year, you should have met the qualifying requirements — the theory comprehensive exam, the econometrics courses and paper, an economic history course, and the oral exams in two fields of your choice.
Formal work on the dissertation begins in the third year; students are encouraged to get a head start on their thesis by research and writing in a second-year course or seminar.