Once-Flourishing Economics Ph.D. Program Prepares to Die

A Once-Flourishing Economics Ph.D. Program Prepares to Die 1

David Massey for The Chronicle

Lindsey J. Woodworth, a Ph.D. student in economics at the U. of Florida: "When I enrolled in this program I never thought it wouldn't exist by the time I finished."

For decades the Ph.D. program in economics at the University of Florida flourished. Highly regarded econometricians, like the late Henri Thiel and G.S. Maddala, taught there. Until the late 1990s, the department had been ranked among the top 20 of American public universities by prominent economics journals and associations.

Now, the 71-year-old doctoral program, housed in the Warrington College of Business Administration, is near death.

Like many public universities, the