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Analytical Political Economy

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Department of Economics
Duke University
Box 90097
Durham, NC  27708-0097

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General Information

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Test required:
GRE General. GMAT not acceptable
Application Deadlines

Program Description

For the 2016-2017 academic year, applications will be accepted until February 15, 2016.

The Master's in Analytical Political Economy (MAPE) is a joint master’s program of the Departments of Economics and Political Science, necessitated by a growing interest in political economy and political science among young economists. These fields are converging, and policy economics—particularly macroeconomic and international trade policy—increasingly includes a strong political component.

Political economy examines the reciprocal relationships between politics and markets, both within and among countries, using a variety of analytical tools, including those of economics. Its concerns include interactions among economic and political development; cooperation and conflict among nations, groups, and individuals; the distribution of material resources and political power; the effects of political actors and institutions on economic outcomes; the causes and consequences of technological and structural change, growth, and globalization; and regulation.

The MAPE program offers a quantitatively rigorous curriculum rooted in economic and political theory, application, and analysis. Students have the opportunity to gain experience with economic and mathematical modeling along with a deep understanding of how and why policies are developed and implemented.

Writing Sample Requirement

Writing sample welcome, but not required, upload to Additional Information section of the online application.


Spring Application