• 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 Alex Rothenberg to the faculty (Ph.D. UC Berkeley, 2012). Alex is joining the department after spending five years at RAND in Washington DC.

      Congratulations to:
    •  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:
    • 2019 Camp Econometrics, April 12-14, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, Clayton NY. Submission deadline February 1, 2019.

  • Economics News

  • Lovely discusses trade war with Wash Post, Business Insider, NPR

    "People who shop at Walmart or Target are going to be hit harder than people who buy their toaster ovens from Williams Sonoma or can afford to get products from a higher-income country," Mary Lovely told Business Insider. Lovely spoke with Business Insider, NPR, and the Washington Post about the US-China trade war.
     

    Dutkowsky explains neutral interest rate on Marketplace

    Donald Dutkowsky was interviewed on Marketplace for the segment "What Is A 'Neutral' Interest Rate?" Dutkowsky says the Fed is always trying to hit the economy’s sweet spot: “neutral." "So it doesn’t need stimulus and it doesn’t need slowing down. A neutral federal funds rate corresponds to the economy being at full recovery," he explains.
     

    Lovely speaks with Wash Post, Marketplace, FP about GM plant closures

    "Steel and aluminum tariffs have raised its [GM] costs by about $1 billion," Mary Lovely told Marketplace. She spoke with several media outlets about General Motor's announcement that it would close five production plants in North America and lay off almost 15,000 management and union workers.
     
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