• 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.

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  • Lovely comments on rising US trade deficit in LA Times

    Lovely comments on rising US trade deficit in LA Times

    "My concern would not be economic, it would be political," says Mary Lovely regarding last year's rise in the U.S. trade deficit. Read more in the Los Angeles Times article, "U.S. trade deficit rises to highest level since 2008, fanning criticism of Trump."
     
    Baldanza gift supports undergraduate research

    Baldanza gift supports undergraduate research

    The Baldanza Endowment for Undergraduate Excellence will meet expenses associated with undergraduate research and experiential learning. It will also help fund Maxwell’s annual Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship, an event held near the end of each academic year to share and reward undergraduate research projects.
     
    Mitra weighs in on India's tariff hikes in Wall Street Journal

    Mitra weighs in on India's tariff hikes in Wall Street Journal

    Devashish Mitra was interviewed for the Wall Street Journal article, "Modi’s Disappointing Budget." According to Mitra, instead of raising tariffs India should have emulated China by reforming labor laws and maintaining a low-tariff regime on intermediate goods to attract export-oriented global manufacturing firms.
     
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