Department of Economics

The American University Department of Economics supports a pluralist approach to economics that embraces mainstream and heterodox perspectives and emphasizes policy applications. We believe that theoretical understanding, empirical investigation, and policy analysis are enriched by study of the evolution of economic ideas and economic institutions.

Our mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate education, and faculty research, that enrich economic analysis and policy by implementing pluralist analytical approaches grounded in historical and empirical context. Offering graduate and undergraduate degrees, minors, and certificates in a heterodox atmosphere in addition to the Program on Gender Analysis and Info-Metrics Institute

 

Recent Publications

Eschelbach Hansen, Mary, Michael E. Martell, and Leanne Roncolato (2019). "A labor of love: The impact of same-sex marriage on labor supply." Review of Economics of the Household 1-19. doi.org/10.1007/s11150-019-09454-1

Davis, Steven J., Dingqian Liu, and Xuguang S. Sheng. (2019). "China Policy Uncertainty Indices Based on Mainland Papers" Economic Policy Uncertainty 

Floro, Maria, Mahmud Yesuf, and Trufat Woldesenbet. (2019). "Gender and Perception of Climate Change in Ethiopia." The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses 11 (2): 21-39. doi:10.18848/1835-7156/CGP/v11i02/21-39.

Stinebrickner, Ralph, Todd Stinebrickner, and Paul Sullivan (2019). Job Tasks, Time Allocation, and Wages, Journal of Labor Economics, 37(2).

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Recent Award Winners

  • Stephan Lefebvre
    James H. Weaver Prize for Teaching Excellence 
  • Hanqing Ye
    Professor Jose D. and Ursula Epstein Award
  • Dingqian Liu
    Frank M. Tamagna Education Endowment Fund
  • Catherine Hensley
    Fred and Barbara Bergmann Fellowship Fund
  • Austin Jang
    Ruth Dewey Meade Prize
  • Tejesh Pradhan
    Econometrics Paper Award

The DC metro area offers by far the highest concentration of economist jobs in the US, 19 times the national average, as well as median salary 15% above average: $133,000.

Graduates of the Economics Department make up an impressive contingency of Alumni, having gone on to work at places such as

  • Deloitte
  • IBM
  • International Monetary Fund
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • US Department of Commerce
  • The World Bank Group


For more information on where AU Economics graduates land visit the We Know Success page or visit the PhD Job Market Candidate page. 

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Medium shot of Gregory Lane
The AU Economics Department welcomes our newest faculty member, Professor Gregory Lane 

Events

Research Seminar Series, Wednesdays at 11:45 in Kreeger 100 unless otherwise noted:

November 11-15: Gender Week, RSVP Today for Gender week Lunch, Discussions, and a Seminar. 

November 11: 
11:30 am Info Lunch: Gender and Economics, RSVP Here 

1:00 pm Join Shoshana Grossbard, Editor of Review of Household Economics for a discussion: Household Economics and the Recruitment of Women in Economics 

November 13 PGAE Joint Seminar: Emilia Simeonova, Johns Hopkins University, (Gender and Labor Economics)

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Alumni ·

Math-Econ Alumni Finding Success: Three Stories

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A speaker presents to a room of Fulbright students

Fulbright Seminar on Women’s Economic Empowerment at AU

May 15-19, 2019

Event Recap

A Career in Economics: It's Much More than You Think

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Much more than finance, banking, business and government, a degree in economics is useful to all individuals and can lead to many interesting career choices. These four diverse individuals offer their insights on how a background in economics can be a tool for solving very human problems.