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.

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

Economists in the US earn an average salary of $104,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018). The DC area has the highest concentation of economists in the country, with an average salary of $133,000, as reported by the BLS.

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. 


Maria Floro at the First Care Work and the Economy Annual Meeting in Berlin, Germany. Credit: Konstantin Borner.The AU Economics Department has launched the $2.1 million Hewlett Foundation and Open Society Foundations-funded Care Work and the Economy (CWE-GAM) Project


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

  • September 25: John Jones, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, (Public Economics/ Labor Economics)“Social Security Reform with Heterogeneous Mortality”.
  • October 2: Ramon Lopez, University of Chile, (Public 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


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.