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,
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.
Graduate Program (PhD and Masters) reflects the Department's strengths in
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.
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.
Check out some of the
recent joint work in the department by faculty and graduate students:
Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Boqian Jiang,
and Abdulaziz Shifa, “Colonial
Legacy, State-building and the Salience of Ethnicityin Sub-Saharan Africa,”
Economic Journal, February 2018.
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