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The goal of the Department of Economics is to build a learning community that supports the intellectual development and professional aspirations of both students and faculty. Our undergraduate and graduate programs offer courses that cover an unusually wide range of economic thought, including neo-classical economics, Keynesian economics, institutional economics, Marxian economics and feminist economics.
We want our students to become critical thinkers who understand the debates about economic methodology and policy as well as the techniques of economic analysis.

Our faculty members have active research agendas and substantial scholarly records; nonetheless, our students are our first priority. We constantly strive to improve our teaching programs, and our faculty have won many teaching and advising awards. Our PhD program provides many opportunities for students to interact with faculty and to work with them on research projects. We have had an excellent track record in job placements for our graduate students. The department chair is always glad to meet prospective and current students, and to answer their questions – stop by any time!


Upcoming Events



November 20

The Southern Economic Association’s (SEA) 90th Annual Meeting will take place as scheduled this weekend, November 21-23, 2020, as a hybrid formatted meeting. Sessions will take place both in-person at the New Orleans Marriott and online on a virtual participation platform. Graduate student Teresa Perry will be virtually presenting her paper, “The Impact of the 2016 Election: How a Change in Perceived Discrimination Affects Substance Use,” in the session Public Policy, Elections, and Health virtually on November 22nd, at 4:15pm MST. More information about the conference can be found here: https://www.southerneconomic.org/conference/

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November 18

The Fall 2020 Department of Economics Seminar Series concludes Thursday, November 19th at 3:30pm. This semester’s seminars will be held in conjunction with the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics and will all be online via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/92525533506). The seminars are free and open to everyone. November 19th’s seminar speaker is Dr. Rick van der Ploeg, a famous macroeconomist from Oxford University. Dr. van der Ploeg is not only well known for his research but also a charismatic speaker with a storied career that spans ideas and politics. In the early 1990s, he left his tenured position at the London School of Economics to spend four years as an elected representative in the Dutch Parliament (representing the Labour Party) and another four years as State Secretary for Culture and Media. He subsequently returned to academia and is now Professor of Economics at Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Research Rich Economies. He will be presenting his paper, “Gathering Support for Green Tax Reform: Surprising Evidence from German Household Surveys.” Abstract: Green tax reform is unpopular, because typically the poor are hurt most by the higher prices of carbon-intensive commodities. If revenues from carbon taxation are recycled, it may be feasible to gain popular support for green tax reform. To investigate this, we estimate an EASI demand system from German household data and estimate a labour supply schedule using wage data and the German income tax schedule. If the revenue from a carbon tax is recycled via a lump-sum transfer to all households, this gives more equitable albeit less efficient outcomes, yet 70% of households are worse off. If the revenue is recycled via lower income taxes, there is more efficiency at the expense of more inequality, and just more than half of households would benefit. With a recycling mix of lump-sum transfers and lower income taxes, popular support can be mustered without hurting equity too much. We also investigate the effects of a target for curbing emissions and of emission intensities that increase in the carbon tax.