• 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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    Recent Highlights

    • WE ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME Alex Rothenberg TO THE FACULTY (Ph.D. UC Berkeley, 2012). Alex is joining the department after spending five years at RAND in Washington DC.
    • Professor 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.  Congrats Hugo!!
    • Congratulations to 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).

  • Economics News

  • Flores-Lagunes to study effects of education on obesity, mental health

    Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, professor of economics, has received a $169,785 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of educational attainment on obesity and mental health. The award forms part of a three-year project, “Genes, Education, and Gene-Education Interactions in Obesity and Mental Health,” led by Central Michigan University.

    Yaqi Kang '18 BA (Econ/IR) takes community seriously in the snow city

    While at Syracuse University, Yaqi Kang '18 BA (Econ/IR) embraced her role as an active representative of the Chinese student community. She worked as a mentor at the Slutzker Center for International Services and was a representative on the Internationalization Council. “Every student is a part of the community, and we all have the responsibility to make our community better,” says Kang.

    Mary Daly '94 PhD (Econ) appointed president of SF Fed Reserve Bank

    The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Maxwell alumna Mary C. Daly to the position of president and chief executive officer, effective October 1, 2018. Daly has been serving as the Bank’s executive vice president and director of Research since 2017.
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    May 15th-16th 2018

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