Admitted Students
Graduate Program -- Department of Economics
University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill
Fall Semester 2015

We are very pleased that you will be attending the University of North Carolina and would like again to welcome you to our program. Information about the department, the university and the community is provided below. Please contact Mr. Julian Wooten ( or Professor Tauchen ( if you have additional questions.

Getting Connected Before Arriving in Chapel Hill

  • Please set up your UNC‑CH email account as soon as possible. Instructions are available at the ONYEN web site.
  • Once you have your e-mail, please send the address to Julian Wooten ( in order to add you to  the department's graduate student listserve. We will then use the UNC e-mail address to contact you.

Introduction to the Department

  • When you arrive in Chapel Hill, please come to the Economics Department office in Gardner 107 and introduce yourself.
  • Shortly before the fall semester begins, the departmental staff (Gardner 107) will issue keys to your office in Gardner Hall and the combination to your mailbox.
  • As soon as you have a local address, local phone number, and email address, please give this information to the departmental receptionist and update your info in Connect Carolina.
  • Before the semester begins, the Economics Graduate Student Association will have a short orientation session for graduate student computer lab.
  • See the Economics Department and the Economics Graduate Student Association websites for information about the department and the graduate program

Introduction to the University

  • Very shortly after arriving in Chapel Hill, you will want to get your UNC‑One Card, which is your student ID. Consult the UNC One Card Web Page for information about where the office is located, the hours of operation, and the required documentation.
  • The University Graduate and Professional Student Federation webpage provides information of interest about the University and the community.
  • Graduate students are now required to have health insurance. Students whose insurance is not furnished by the university may purchase it from BlueCross/Blue Shield. Students who are already covered by a creditable insurance policy can easily waive out of the mandatory student health insurance plan. To learn more, visit Campus Health Services.

Introduction to the Community

  • The Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce maintains a web page designed especially for people relocating to the area. There is information on school districts, housing, and recreation, as well as maps.
  • The Economics Graduate Student Association has prepared information about housing in Chapel Hill and the surrounding community.

Registration for Courses

  • In the fall semester, most of you will register for the standard first year PhD courses: Econ. 700, 710, 720, 770 and for Econ. 890, which is a quantitative method course that follows Econ. 700. If you have had advanced training in economics or statistics, then some of the courses may not be necessary and you will be able to proceed to second year courses in the Economics Department or to courses in the Statistics Department. Once you are in Chapel Hill, we can discuss the specifics. We want to be sure that your first-year courses are challenging and not a repetition of previous material. There is no advantage to accumulating high grades in material that you have seen previously. Once you have your ONYEN, you can use ConnectCarolina to check the courses offered in the fall. To find the course offerings from the ConnectCarolina site, click on “Self Service” in the column at the top left and then Class Search in the top center part of the page. You can then search for fall economics courses; the graduate courses are numbered above 700.
  • Econ. 700 meets during the three weeks before classes begin with the first session on Monday, July 27. The lecture sessions will meet every weekday from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm and the recitations will meet every weekday from 1:15 to 2:15 pm in Gardner Hall. The final examination will be on the morning of Saturday, August 15. You will receive credit for Econ. 700 as a fall semester course.
  • Texts for the standard first year courses for Fall 2015 are listed below.


    • Econ. 700 (Quantitative Methods with Prof. Tauchen): Mathematical Methods and Models for Economists by Angel de la Fuente.  Background material is available from Mathematics for Economists by Simon and Blume.
    • Econ. 710 (Micro with Prof. Li): Advanced Microeconomic Theory by Jehle and Reny, 3rd edition.
    • Econ. 720 (Macro with Prof. Hendricks): Introduction to Modern Growth by D. Acemoglu
    • Econ. 770 (Stats with Prof. Hill): Introduction to the Mathematical and Statistical Foundations of Econometrics by Herman J. Bierens.
    • Econ. 890 (Quant. Methods with Prof. Woodward): No text.

Orientation for the University and the International Center

  • The Graduate School Orientation will be on Thursday, August 13, 2015.  Econ. 700 (Math Camp) will have an abbreviated session on that day.
  • International students should consult with International Services for information on maintaining student visas, obtaining a social security number and other regulations, as well as information on international student orientation.
  • The International Services Orientation will be on August 14, 2015 from 1 to 5 pm.  In the past, international students have had to take an English Proficiency Exam but at this time we do not know if it will be required.   Please visit the International Services website for additional information.  Econ. 700 will be scheduled so that it does not conflict with the exam or orientation.

Edited: May20, 2015