• 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, BA and 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.

    The Graduate Program (PhD and Masters) reflects the Department's strengths in Labor Economics, Public Economics, 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.

    Recent Highlights

    • 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).

      Congratulations to:
    • 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!

  • Economics News

  • Lovely discusses US annual trade deficit with Bloomberg, Politico

    "Everything the president has done has shown that the advice of more traditional economists has actually been very solid — so we don’t see the trade deficit closing as a result," says Professor Mary Lovely. She was interviewed by Bloomberg and Politico about the U.S. trade deficit.


    Yinger research cited in NYT article on school funding disparities

    A research article written by John Yinger was cited in the New York Times article "States Are Burying Damning Data About School Funding." In his study, Yinger showed that schools with a high percentage of students from low-income households need more money than other schools to address those students’ greater challenges.


    Lovely weighs in on new USMCA in Associated Press, Xinhuanet

    On Wednesday, President Trump signed into law the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a rewrite of the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico. According to Professor Mary Lovely, the impact will be modest. "It’s a blip," Lovely told the Associated Press. "The main thing is what it isn’t: It isn’t a continuation of uncertainty, and it isn’t a major disruption″ to business.

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