Welcome to the Department of Economics
Members of our faculty are known nationally and internationally for their applied microeconomic research on issues of public policy relevance.
We have a high-quality undergraduate program within which we have two alternative tracks,
BS. In both tracks we provide a strong foundation in micro- and macroeconomics through our introductory and intermediate
courses, which is followed by more specialized courses or electives. Undergraduates can choose from a wide range of electives in International Economics, Labor Economics, Public Economics, Urban Economics, Health Economics, Development Economics and
Econometrics. There is an
Economics Association, sponsored by the Department and run by students with advice from faculty. Students are also eligible for Omicron
Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor society) and awards for academic distinction.
Graduate Program (PhD and Masters) reflects the Department's strengths in
International Economics (International Trade and Economic Development),
Urban Economics, and
Econometrics. A distinguishing feature of our Ph.D. program is that we have a tradition of providing guidance and support that
helps students learn how to shape their work in ways that facilitate publication in peer-reviewed journals. As a result, many of our students publish papers from their dissertations in select journals.
- We are pleased to welcome to the Faculty, Maria Zhu (Ph.D. Duke University, 2019), Andrew Jonelis (Ph.D. University of Kentucky, 2019) and Michael Lorenzo (Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 2018).
Economics PhD candidate, Jun Cai, won a best paper
award in June 2019 for his presentation at the Early Career Research Day of the 16th European
Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis in London, England.
Coauthored with Professors Horrace and Lee, the title of his talk
was "Nonparametric three-way conditional heteroskedastic frontiers."
Two years earlier, Economics PhD alumnus, Hyunseok Jung, won
the same prize.
- Badi Baltagi
has received the Kuwait Prize for 2018 in recognition of his distinguished
scientific contributions and intellectual achievements. This prize was
established in 1979 by KFAS and recognizes outstanding accomplishments and
contributions of Arab scholars and researchers around the world in various
disciplines including economics. Professor Baltagi is one of just 120
distinguished individuals to have been awarded the prize since it was
established in 1979.
- Hugo Jales
received an Award of Excellence from his contribution to Emerald
Publishing. ' Identification and Estimation Using a Density
Discontinuity Approach' published
in Advances in Econometrics 38 has been selected by the editorial team
as an Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2018 Emerald Literati
Awards. His chapter was chosen as a winner as it is one of the most
exceptional pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2017.
- John Yinger,Trustee Professor, Economics and Public Administration and
International Affairs, has been selected as APPAM's 2017 Steven D. Gold Award recipient. The award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution
to public financial management in the field of intergovernmental relations and
state and local finance and is given annually by the Association of Public
Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).
Recent and upcoming
conferences by SU Faculty:
- 2020 Camp Econometrics,
April 17-19, details TBA!
Check out some of the
recent joint work in the department by faculty and graduate students:
Alfonso, Hugo B. Jales, Judith Liu, and Norbert L.
Wilson. 2018. "The
Differential Incidence and Severity of Food Insecurity by Racial, Ethnic,
and Immigrant Groups over the Great Recession in the United States."AEA
Papers and Proceedings, 108 : 379-83.
Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Boqian Jiang,
and Abdulaziz Shifa, “Colonial
Legacy, State-building and the Salience of Ethnicityin Sub-Saharan Africa,”
Economic Journal, February 2018.