Message from the chair

Gustavo Ventura

Welcome to the Department of Economics at Arizona State University. Our faculty teaches and conducts research in areas such as microeconomic theory, labor economics, public finance, macroeconomics and environmental economics. We have a growing number of majors (around 1,100) and about 35 Ph.D students.

U.S. News & World Report currently ranks our department 36th among hundreds of U.S. university economics departments, and 16th among all U.S. public universities. Our faculty members publish their work in the top journals of their disciplines, are key contributors to prestigious associations and editorial boards, and regularly present their research papers at major institutions and conferences around the world. Many top researchers visit the department to present their work at regular seminars and conferences. All this translates into high quality instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Our PhD program produces graduates trained to conduct rigorous economic research. PhD graduates obtain jobs primarily in colleges and universities around the world, but also in government and industry.

Our undergraduate program offers Bachelor of Science degrees through both the W. P. Carey School of Business and through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This allows students to tailor the economics degree to their particular skills and interests. We want our majors to learn important theoretical and empirical aspects of economics and to know how to develop rigorous answers to important economic questions on their own. Our graduates go on to careers in government, law, education, and business, with many pursuing postgraduate degrees.

The department's undergraduate advisors assist students in selecting courses, finding internships, and choosing career paths.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Economics at the W. P. Carey School of Business. For additional information please contact us at

Gustavo Ventura
Professor and Chair