Message from the chair

In the last 40 years the Department of Economics at Arizona State University has become well known for its contributions to various fields of economics, including environmental economics, applied microeconomics, macroeconomics, public finance, labor economics, economics of education, and economic theory.

Our faculty regularly publishes in premier academic journals, serves as editors of academic publications, are contributing members of scientific associations and editorial boards, and present their research at major institutions and at conferences nationally and internationally.

Researchers from around the world visit the department frequently. Our most distinguished member, Professor Edward C. Prescott, was awarded the 2004 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

The Department delivers high-quality instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our undergraduate program offers Bachelor of Science degrees through the W.  P.  Carey School of Business and through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It also offers interdisciplinary degrees with the School of Politics and Global Studies and the Fulton School of Engineering. Interdisciplinary opportunities allow students to tailor their economics degree to their particular interests. Full-time undergraduate advisors assist students in selecting courses, finding internships, and evaluating alternative career paths. Our graduates go on to successful careers in government, law, education, business, and other areas. Many of our graduates move on to postgraduate programs.

The Department offers a rigorous Ph.D. program that produces well-trained economists. Ph.D. graduates obtain jobs in colleges and academic institutions in the U.S. and around the world, in government, and in industry.

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