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  • 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 EconomicsPublic EconomicsInternational Economics (International Trade and Economic Development), Urban Economics, and EconometricsRecent job placements of our graduates regularly include research oriented positions in higher education, government and private industry. Our graduates also frequently publish papers from their  dissertations in select journals

    Recent Highlights:

    Welcome to our new faculty:  

    Mengxiao "Michelle" Liu, Assistant Professor from the University of Toronto
    Áron Dávid Tóbiás, Assistant Professor from Yale University
    Bhavneet Walia, Assistant Teaching Professor from Western Illinois University  

    The SU Economics department ranked in the top 10% of Institutions with RePEc in the Field of Econometrics 

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    Schwartz weighs in on the issue of student mobility in Education Week

    Amy Ellen Schwartz was quoted in the Education Week article, "Student Mobility Takes an Academic Toll. But Why?" "Mobility is a very big deal, but it's a poorly studied field, and there are still lots of important questions out there," says Schwartz. "If you want to design a policy to solve the problem, you have to know the nature of the problem."

    New Laditka Fund supports social science undergrads

    A new scholarship, funded by alumni Sarah and Jim Laditka, will support undergraduate students throughout the Maxwell School. The endowment provides scholarships for undergraduates in all the social sciences, with preference to first-generation college students and others from under-represented groups.

    Wasylenko appointed Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics

    David M. Van Slyke, dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, announced Friday the appointment of Michael Wasylenko as Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics. This appointment recognizes his extraordinary service to the Maxwell School.