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Department of Economics

Economics is a fascinating subject, poised at the intersections of social science, business, and public policy. An understanding of economics principles is critical to success in business and to the design of effective government policy. Economists study how markets work to determine what is produced, how it is produced, and how income is distributed. Among the many topics studied in economics are the role and impact of international trade, the impact of monopoly on the economy, and the problems of unemployment and inflation.

At the undergraduate level, we offer B.A. and B.S. degrees in Economics and a B.A. in Economic Education. The Department of Economics has approximately 475 undergraduate majors and 335 minors.

At the graduate level, we offer Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Economics, a M.S. in Economics and Applied Econometrics, a Ph.D. in Economic Education and a joint M.A./MBA. The Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship offers an M.A. degree in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators (MAEEE). The Department of Economics has approximately 100 graduate students enrolled in its M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Approximately 25 new graduate students join the department each year.

The University of Delaware Economics Department includes 27 full time faculty whose research and teaching interests cover the full range of course and fields in economics. Our department takes great pride in both our teaching and research accomplishments.

You can learn more about our department and all of these programs here. You can also stop by and see us on the 4th floor of Purnell Hall or call us at 302-831-2565.

News Highlights

Understanding income inequality

Greg Mankiw presents Hutchinson Lecture on causes, cures for rise in economic inequality

Harvard's Greg Mankiw discussed "The Rise in Economic Inequality: Causes and Cures" at UD's 26th annual Hutchinson Lecture in Economics.

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The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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