The Chicago Economics Society is an international association of alumni and friends of the University of Chicago. Founded in Washington, D.C. in 2013, we have since grown to include chapters in Asia and South America. We have hosted events around the world featuring renowned speakers, included three Nobel Laureates, a number of distinguished Chicago faculty members, business leaders, and senior officials from governments and international organizations



The mission of the Chicago Economics Society is to: 

  • Provide a platform for University of Chicago alumni and friends interested in the study of economics to interact with one another, exchange ideas, and develop the public understanding of important economic, social, and political issues;
  • Promote and strengthen the tradition of the University of Chicago Department of Economics for innovative and rigorous application of economics onto all questions of concerns to human welfare, including but not limited to social, political, and cultural issues;
  • Organize events regularly for alumni to network, meet old and new friends, and reconnect to the University.

The mission of the Society also includes assisting in fundraising for the University of Chicago, including particular the Department of Economics and the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics

In discussions of economic science, Chicago stands for an approach that takes seriously the use of economic theory as a tool for analyzing a startling wide range of concrete problems... that insists on empirical testing of theoretical generalizations, and that rejects alike facts without theory and theory without facts
— Milton Friedman