URPE 50th Anniversary Conference

2018 UWE Conference

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Undergraduate Women in Economics

Graduate Students diversity in Econ

Dr. Paul Krugman, Dr. Bob Keller and Dr. Cher Li

Dr. Tavani explaining economics

Foreign Trade University graduation

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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



May 25

Professor and Chair Elissa Braunstein is in France this weekend attending the The Future of Central Banking Conference. This workshop aims at bringing leading heterodox authors, such as Lavoie, Seccareccia, Dymski, Braunstein, Pressman, Rochon, Johnson and Vallet face to face with some key mainstream dissenters, such as Constancio, Bindseil, Lehmann, Buetzer. The hope is to engage is a true dialogue over the current state of monetary policy and the future of central banking. Dr. Braunstein will discuss the effects of monetary policy on gender equality, with the goal of outlining the contours of gender-equalizing monetary policies that are consistent with rising overall living standards. Topics covered will include the gender effects of reigning varieties of extant or orthodox approaches to monetary policy (e.g. inflation targeting and its variants, as well as constellations of quantitative easing in the context of austerity), as well as alternatives such as using monetary policy to stimulate employment growth, setting higher inflation targets, capital controls and other macro-prudential policies, and exchange rate policy. Emphasis will be placed on whether and how these policies promote women's access to employment and livelihoods (without compromising that of men's), which are central to women's well-being. Dr. Steve Pressman, also attending the conference, is co-leading a session titled “Monetary Policy, Debt and Inequality.” Follow the conference's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/futurecentralbanking/?__xts__[0]=68.ARDR5E8exq1P0bGsJJh0bfY4xnt_jKQSGilKrvmkpOEshsflEWQE0PiY6iyQJW7s7XCJRwFLjsd1ZH4HpS2s7GYeb9-j9u9bcRfQS4wlexci7lp4i50xt9BqssSefiP4gOx1EyF33BBubOwZSBsMPMZAxwIcLdF5ZC3MVbn3DGF-HflklsV0bV6oJQuPw5MSSJaFiAjepL-69hP2VVQAWg4ntg8K6umI9mO-LgYsKHOFUU-i8I4A9QUcjok9CBnHaGY4VT-ERhhewSowuLBNxEzrHTtxt6hxJbJ1tsVmnfYpz1fuQiUeQi1E7_1RD5Y5q09MYmRN5i3FDKlT6iY2558&__tn__=HHH-R

Conference to be held in Talloires, France, on the banks of the Annecy Lake, May 26-28, 2019

May 24

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2019-20 Ben W. Garcia Scholarship recipient: Savanna Millburn Savannah is a double major in Economics and Animal Science with a minor in History. Savannah has had a very interdisciplinary life serving both as a member of CSU’s award-winning meat judging team and as president of the CSU’s Economics Club. Savannah’s essay examines possible economic policies to reduce pollution and increase sustainability in the animal agricultural industry. She examines the potential to reduce carbon emissions from swine lagoons by imposing a carbon tax and the possibility of using government subsidies to promote the adoption of technologies to convert animal waste to energy or other saleable products. Savannah’s paper certainly illustrates an interdisciplinary approach, combining elements of her seemingly unrelated majors – economics and animal science. The Ben W. Garcia Economics Scholarship is a $1,000 award for one academic year. Ben Garcia is a former economics major and 1981 graduate of CSU. Ben went on to earn his M.A. in Economics with an emphasis on Labor Studies from Notre Dame in 1983. Ben has spent his career working for Colorado Labor Market Information, a Colorado state government agency that produces the official employment statistics for Colorado. The purpose of this award is to provide scholarship benefits to economics majors who are pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to economics by using knowledge from other social science or humanities fields to help explain economic phenomena. In addition to being a junior or senior level economics major exhibiting academic merit, the recipient must submit a paper written for an economics class that illustrates an interdisciplinary approach to economics.