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

More than an academic department: a learning community.



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!



April 18

Happy I Love CSU Day! The Alumni Association will be out and about today rewarding you for being awesome. Be seen wearing green and watch the fun that unfolds! Be sure to snag any of the green hearts you find on campus and redeem today for free coffee and donuts at the Smith Alumni Center while they last. More information and a schedule of events can be found here: https://alumni.colostate.edu/i-love-csu-day/

April 17

The Department of Economics Seminar Series for the Spring 2019 term continues on Friday, 4/19 at 3:00 pm in Behavioral Sciences room 103. The seminars are free and open to everyone. April 19th’s speaker is Professor Perry Burnett. Burnett is an associate professor in the Romain College of Business at the University of Southern Indiana. Burnett is a CSU alum, earning his Ph.D. from the Economics Department in 2009. His research interests include economics of religion, economics of identity, interpersonal economics, urban and regional economics, and economics of education. The title of Burnett’s seminar is: “Reality Construction and the Formation of Cults.” Recent research has radically altered the traditional assumptions economists have made regarding the gathering and processing of information. Previously, it had been asserted that individuals generally desire more and better information; however, there is a growing literature documenting cases in which individuals engage in purposeful self-deception to optimize behavior. This paper analyzes how individuals construct these realities, or informal information markets, and how these realities grow through various types of evangelism. Certain realities, though, are subject to falsification and must be protected, forming a cult. The paper also models the dynamics of interpersonal relationships providing a broader and richer understanding of affairs and suicide.