Department of Economics

The Department of Economics is dedicated to excellent teaching and active research in a broad range of fields, including development economics, international finance and trade, labor economics, health economics, sports economics, macroeconomics, microeconomic theory, natural resource economics and public economics.

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A Versatile Discipline

The department's academic programs provide a rigorous, disciplined and analytical way of thinking that is applicable to a wide variety of occupations in government, business and consulting industries, as well as graduate programs in economics, law, public policy and business journalism. With a bachelor's in economics, you can find positions in government, such as research associate, program analyst and budget analyst. Government economists analyze economic conditions and estimate the economic impact of public policy. Positions in business and consulting have titles such as financial analyst, long range planner, pricing analyst or credit analyst.

Expert Faculty

All classes are taught by faculty in small classes, ranging in size from 15 to 35. Our faculty members are accomplished researchers and engaged teachers. Many of our faculty members are known and celebrated for their commitment to excellence in teaching, including professors Melissa Groves and Matthew Chambers, recent winners of the college's Outstanding Teaching Award. We also offer an honors program in economics in which you can work one on one with a faculty member to research and complete an honors thesis in your area of interest.

Networking Opportunities

Consider getting involved in The Economics Society. This student organization brings in guest speakers on current economic topics. Networking with professionals in the field will help you decide which direction you would like to take after you complete your degree. 

Seminar Series Fall 2019

The Precocious Period: The Impact of Menarche on School Enrollment in India
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, 3:30-5:00 | ST 216
Presented by: Madhulika Khanna, Georgetown University

Myth or Reality? The Financial Value of Delaware Incorporation
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 | 3:30-5:00 in ST 216
Presented by: Lan Xu, University of Delaware

Of IVs and IUDs: Assessing the Effect of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception on Pregnancies Using an Instrumental Variables Approach
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 | 3:30-5:00 in ST 216
Presented by: Lorissa Pagán, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Distributional Effects of Ability Learning and Career Choice
Thursday, Oct. 17, 3:30-5 p.m.
Presented by: Sung Ah Bahk, Johns Hopkins University

Good Intentions Gone Bad? The Dodd-Frank Act and Conflict in Africa's Great Lakes Region
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 | 3:30-5:00 in ST 216
Presented by: Jeffrey Bloem, University of Minnesota

Thursday, Oct. 31, 3:30-5 p.m. location TBA
Presented by: Maurice Hofmann, University of Wurzburg

Judicial Elections and the Merit Plan: Adverse Selection and Moral Hazard Issues in State Appellate Courts
Friday, Nov. 15, 12-1:30 p.m. Location TBA
Presented by: Kenneth Coriale, University of Maryland