Department of Economics
Welcome to the Department of Economics
Economics studies the institutions and arrangements that are used to create, protect, and allocate scarce resources that have alternative uses. It advances our understanding of the behavior of individuals, firms, governments and other organizations. Economics’ deep intellectual roots, rigorous analytic methods, and powerful ability to explain and evaluate social phenomena make it an exceptionally rewarding field of study.
Established in 1917, Economics is one of the largest and oldest departments in the College of Arts & Sciences, offering the BA, BS, MA, and PhD. Our faculty strengths include econometrics, finance, macroeconomics, international economics, industrial organization, environmental economics, development economics, and microeconomic theory.
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March 23, 2015
After securing an NSF research grant in 1974, a group of talented economics undergraduates produced a compelling and still-relevant report on gentrification in Seattle's Pioneer Square district. 40 years later, they're still hanging out together.
March 16, 2015
The 2015 Biennial Endowed Milliman Lecture in Economics will be given by Susan Athey, The Economics of Technology Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dr. Athey received the John Bates Clark Medal in 2007.
March 16, 2015
The Department is delighted to welcome Jing Tao, of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, as a new assistant professor of econometrics beginning Autumn 2015.
February 19, 2015
Undergraduate research fellow Josh Kim had the opportunity to co-present his research at the 2015 American Economic Association meetings, a venue usually reserved for showcasing the research of established faculty, industry experts, and advanced graduate students.
February 5, 2015
The Department of Economics 2015 Distinguished Alumnus is economic historian Dr. Richard Sutch, Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of California.