Message from the chair

Gustavo Ventura

Welcome to the Department of Economics at Arizona State University. Our faculty teaches and conducts frontier research in areas such as microeconomic theory, labor economics, public finance, macroeconomics and environmental economics.

Our faculty members publish their work in prestigious general-interest journals in Economics and in the top journals of their disciplines. They are editors of major academic journals, contribute to scientific associations and editorial boards, and regularly present their research papers at major institutions and conferences around the world. One of our faculty, Edward C. Prescott, was awarded the 2004 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Many researchers from around the world 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 Ph.D. program produces graduates trained to conduct rigorous economic research. Ph.D. graduates obtain jobs primarily in colleges and prominent academic institutions around the world, and 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. We also offer interdisciplinary degrees jointly with the School of Politics and Global Studies and the Fulton School of Engineering. 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 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 full-time 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