The Graduate Program in Economics at UFMG is offered by the Center for Regional Development and Planning - Cedeplar, and was created in 1968 with Regional Economics as a focus area. Over time, the Course diversified its curricular structure and its research program by incorporating other thematic fields in Economics.
These changes helped place Cedeplar in the top 3 postgraduate programmes in Economics in Brazil keeping, at the same time, its characteristic theoretical pluralism as well as a core of conventional disciplines from economics – macroeconomics, microeconomics, and quantitative methods.
Currently, the Graduate Program in Economics offers Master’s and Doctoral courses and its focus areas reflect the lines of research developed in the Program.
The master’s degree is focused on theoretical and applied economics. A full description of the course's structure and requirements can be seen here.
The doctoral (PhD) course includes three focus areas:
- Applied Economics;
- Regional and Urban Economics and Development;
- Economic History, Political Economy and History of Economic Thought.
In the Graduate Program in Economics, faculty members have a long tradition of working with one another and with the students. The program involves teaching and research activities, with a strong emphasis on issues related to applied economics studies and their implications for public policies, and also profits from the interdisciplinary synergies with the Cedeplar/UFMG Graduate Program in Demography.
All professores at Cedeplar are full time employees of Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. As such, we are deeply committed to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, academic research, and public outreach.
The Cedeplar Graduate Program in Economics is a plural center that houses research groups in different areas of knowledge, and a faculty with significant experience in research, human resources training, and publications in national and international journals. The curricular structure for the master's and the doctoral programs offers both a standard graduate course in economics and the center's specialization in the three focus areas of the PhD program, namely Applied Economics; Regional and Urban Economics and Development; Economic History, Political Economy and History of Economic Thought.
The Applied Economics area addresses the contents of Applied Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. In this area, the center has several research groups, including Industrial Organization, Macroeconomics and International Finance, Economic Growth, Monetary Economics, Social Welfare Economics, and Technology Economics. The second area - Economic History, Political Economy and History of Economic Thought deals extensively with the contents of economic history, including its connections with demographic history and social history, political economy, and the history of economic thought, including major issues concerning the methodology and philosophy of economics. The area of Regional and Urban Economics and Development addresses several issues in the fields of Regional and Urban Economics and Development, dealing with these fields of knowledge both isolatedly and an integrated manner.
Cedeplar master's and doctoral programs in Economics offer a solid academic education, marked by theoretical-methodological plurality and supported by research on the frontier of knowledge in the areas of applied economics, methodology, political economy, economic history and theory. The programs contemplate issues pertaining to economic science and history, as well as promoting the evaluation and formulation of public policies.
The increase in the internationalization of the Program has been a successful goal, while stimulating intellectual production of publications by faculty and students, in association with the research lines, and with the qualification of the graduate students.
The research lines of Cedeplar Graduate Program in Economics reflect the diversity of education and specialization of its faculty, covering a wide range of areas, and are represented by research groups at CNPq under the leadership of the professors of the Program. The major research lines are:
- Regional and Urban economics;
- Social Economics;
- Industrial Economics and Economics of Technology;
- Economics of Human Resources;
- International Finance, Growth and Economic Development;
- Economic Theory;
- Economic History, Political Economy and History of Economic Thought;
- Mathematical Economics.