Economics is the study of the allocation of limited resources in the face of society’s unlimited wants. Economists identify problems, propose solutions, and evaluate policy in resource allocation in every facet of society. Students with an interest in data analysis, mathematical modeling, public policy, business, and finance will find the economics course of study broad, challenging, and diverse.



Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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Economics Faculty Fall 2018
Pictured top, from left: Martin Saavedra, Barbara Craig, Ron Cheung, Terri Pleska; bottom, from left, Henrique Veras, Chris Cotter, Paul Brehm, Maggie Brehm, John Duca, Evan Kresch. Not pictured: Viplav Saini, Paul Pahoresky, Shawn Osell, and Siyu Pan
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Department Overview

Economists try to understand the causes and effects of unemployment, inflation, poverty, economic growth, and income distribution, among other pertinent fiscal issues. 

If data analysis, mathematical modeling, finance, or quantitative matters do not daunt you, economics may be your calling. You will benefit from our small classes, hands-on learning, and exceptional faculty engaged in research and teaching, consulting, and policy-making. You will acquire solid mathematical skills as well as strong research, data analysis, and critical thinking skills.

Many of our graduates attain jobs in the business and public policy sectors, and with government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Those who enter graduate programs pursue studies in economics, business, international relations, public policy, politics, medicine, and finance. Recent graduates have attended top schools such as the University of Chicago, Harvard University, University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin.


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Economics Facilities

Rice Hall

Rice Hall

Rice Hall holds faculty and academic department offices for the social sciences and the humanities.
Computer Lab

Social Science Data Lab

This 20-station PC lab supports many types of research. It is in the King Building.