• 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 the latest in US-China trade talks with BI, NPR

    "Ratcheting up these tariffs is really going to start to disintegrate global supply chains," Professor Mary Lovely told NPR. "For some people who want to see U.S. companies buying nothing in China, that's good news. But we have to remember that every other country in the world will be doing business with China." Lovely spoke with several media outlets about the latest in the US-China trade war.


    Zhu weighs in on fossil fuel divestment in Harvard Crimson

    Maria Zhu, assistant professor of economics, was interviewed for the Harvard Crimson article "University of California Divestment Decision Offers Insights Into Feasibility of Divestment at Harvard." Zhu says that the University of California’s decision could be "a sign that the tides are shifting" on universities’ economic views of investing in fossil fuels.


    Lovely discusses US, China with CNBC, Foreign Policy, Bloomberg, BI

    "We'd be lucky to get away with a narrow US-China trade deal," Professor Mary Lovely told CNBC. She also spoke with Bloomberg, Business Insider, Financial Times, and Foreign Policy about the latest in the US-China trade talks and the impact of the impeachment inquiry.

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