The PhD program in Managerial Economics & Strategy (MECS), offered jointly by the Kellogg School departments of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences (MEDS) and Strategy, emphasizes the use of mathematical models and analytic reasoning to solve theoretical and empirical problems in economics and management. It should appeal to those interested in economic models of individual decision makers and firms and to students with an aptitude for analytical thinking, mathematical modeling and formal analysis. A distinctive feature is the heavy focus on methods and insights drawn from microeconomic theory, the theory of the firm and game theory. The program is small and highly selective. It prepares students for academic research careers in economics, economics-based strategy, operations management and formal political theory.
MEDS and Strategy are widely recognized as two of the outstanding intellectual centers of their types in the world. The MEDS faculty consists of economic theorists, game and decision theorists, operations researchers and formal political theorists, with broad research interests that include the nature and impact of strategic behavior in competitive environments, dynamic economic models, the role of time and uncertainty in economic decision making, the theory of auctions, and more. The Strategy faculty consists of applied microeconomists whose interests include the industrial organization of healthcare, law and economics, pricing strategies, regulation and the economics of organizations. In addition to the faculty of our two departments, many faculty from the Northwestern department of economics (which is in the same building as the Kellogg School), particularly those in the areas of economic theory and industrial organization, are also actively involved in teaching and advising our doctoral students.