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Combining the study of economics and politics

The W. Allen Wallis Institute of Political Economy is a collaboration between the departments of economics and political science at the University of Rochester, with the goal of promoting research and teaching political economy.

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Graduate Studies

We offer graduate training for students in the economics or political science PhD programs.

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We regularly seek applicants for post-doctoral fellowships and other scholarly opportunities.

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View working papers, attend seminars, participate in working groups, and more.

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W. A. Wallis

W. Allen Wallis, former president and chancellor of the University of Rochester, pursued a career in academe, business and government. He advised presidents, including Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford; from 1982 to 1989 he served as Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs under Ronald Reagan. Wallis, a past president of the American Statistical Association, was known both for his innovative work in statistical methodology and for his forceful defense of freedom.

Wallis has long and consistently advocated recognizing the role of free-market forces in improving society. The development of the W. Allen Wallis Institute of Political Economy honors his dedication to the combined study of economics and politics.

Allen passed away on Monday, October 12, 1998.

W. Allen Wallis Obituary

Our Mission

Building on the University’s unique strengths in political science and economics, The Wallis Institute of Political Economy seeks to understand how economic incentives shape political institutions and behavior, and how political forces influence economic choices.

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Political Science

At Rochester, we emphasize the scientific underpinnings of political science, including systematic testing, analysis, and theory. The Department of Political Science is regularly ranked among the top political science departments in the country.

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Rochester's Department of Economics is one of the world's leading institutions for studying modern economics. We teach the modern tools of economic analysis, and then apply those analyses to contemporary policy issues.

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