Economics

Why does the health care market perform poorly? Does the minimum wage help unskilled workers?  Does free trade make countries richer or poorer? Why have some countries been slow to develop?  What are the best policies for reducing carbon emissions? Why is income inequality increasing in the U.S.? Economists attempt to answer these kinds of questions by developing models of human behavior and by analyzing real world data.

The Economics Faculty varies by age, experience, and background. With six nationalities represented among our faculty, we are truly an international faculty with a global perspective. What we share in common is a commitment to sharing our passion for economics and providing an exceptional educational experience for students. We hope students are drawn to economics because of their curiosity about understanding economic phenomena and an interest in the foremost policy issues of the day. Through the study of economics, students will acquire analytical skills, critical thinking skills and quantitative skills that are highly valued in today’s workplace. Economics majors go on to have successful careers in industry, finance, consulting, the law, public policy and education.

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News

Column by Professor Doug Williams explains why the College Scorecard can be misleading
April 13, 2018
Doug Williams, C'81 and Sewanee's vice president for finance, explains a flaw in the College Scorecard's earnings measure
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Yoram Bauman, The Stand-up Economist
April 9, 2018
Yoram Bauman, "the world’s first and only stand-up economist" will give a presentation on April 11th at 5pm in Gailor Auditorium. Refreshments will be provided.
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Kennedy Lecture and Seminar Series
February 13, 2018
Come enjoy a lecture given by Huanan Xu of Indiana University!
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