Economics

From international trade and interest rates to poverty and discrimination, the study of Economics is far-reaching. At its core, it’s about choice: How does a society use its scarce resources to produce and distribute goods and services? Who wins? Who loses? Why?

Our curriculum will immerse you in economic theories as well as evolving areas like public policy, innovation and intellectual property, and international development.

We offer two undergraduate degrees, one through the College of Arts & Sciences, and the other through the Leavey School of Business, as well as teach foundational courses for the MBA programs.

Our students often serve as research assistants to faculty, gaining hands-on exposure to modern research questions and methods, and occasional opportunities for co-authorship.

Unlike many specialized degrees, economics opens up a broad range of career possibilities from management and finance to public policy and nonprofit work as well as prepares students for graduate study in economics, business, and law.

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Submissions from 2016

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The Earned Income Tax Credit, Mental Health, and Happiness, Casey Boyd-Swan, Chris M. Herbst, John Ifcher, and Homa Zarghamee

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The increasing happiness of US parents, Chris M. Herbst and John Ifcher

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Do Gender-Variant Preferences for Competition Persist in the Absence of Performance?, John Ifcher and Homa Zarghamee

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Experimental Economics’ Ethics, John Ifcher and Homa Zarghamee

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Inequality of Happiness: Evidence of the Compression of the Subjective-Well-Being Distribution with Economic Growth, John Ifcher and Homa Zarghamee

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Pricing Competition: A New Laboratory Measure of Gender Differences in the Willingness to Compete, John Ifcher and Homa Zarghamee

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Reading fiction and economic preferences of rural youth in Burkina Faso, Michael J. Kevane

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Public libraries and political participation, 1870-1940, Michael J. Kevane and William A. Sundstrom

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State promotion of local public goods: The case of public libraries, 1880-1929, Michael J. Kevane and William A. Sundstrom

Submissions from 2015

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Changing Access To Land For Women In Sub-Saharan Africa, Michael Kevane

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Gold Mining and Economic and Social Change in West Africa, Michael Kevane

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Decision Making and Underperformance in Competitive Environments: Evidence from the National Hockey League, Gueorgu I. Maghakian Kolev, Gonçalo Pina, and Federico Todeschini

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Availability of Higher Education and Educational Outcomes: Quantifying the Impacts of College Openings and Cohort Size, Teny Maghakian Shapiro

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Cognitive Function and Human Capital Accumulation Across the Day: Evidence from Randomized School Schedules, Teny Maghakian Shapiro, Kevin M. Williams, and James E. West

Submissions from 2014

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Affect and Overconfidence: A Laboratory Investigation, John Ifcher and Homa Zarghamee

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Trends in the Happiness of Single Mothers: Evidence from the General Social Survey, John Ifcher and Homa Zarghamee

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The Development of Public Libraries in the United States, 1870–1930: A Quantitative Assessment, Michael Kevane and William A. Sundstrom

Submissions from 2012

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Gendered production and consumption in rural Africa, Michael Kevane

Submissions from 2011

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A's from Zzzz's? The Causal Effect of School Start Time on the Academic Achievement of Adolescents, Scott E. Carrell, Teny Maghakian, and James E. West

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The Happiness of Single Mothers after Welfare Reform, John Ifcher

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Happiness and Time Preference: The Effect of Positive Affect in a Random-Assignment Experiment, John Ifcher and Homa Zarghamee

Spend or Save? Study or Party? Smoke or Quit?, John Ifcher and Homa Zarghamee

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Burkina Faso, Michael Kevane

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Dim Delobsom, Michael Kevane

Submissions from 2010

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General Assistance Recipients and Welfare-To-Work Programs: Evidence from New York City, John Ifcher

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Identifying the Effect of a Welfare-to-Work Program Using Capacity Constraint: a New York City Quasi-Experinmet, John Ifcher

Submissions from 2009

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Habitudes de lecture et performances scolaires, Félix Compaoré, Michael Kevane, and Alain Joseph Sissao

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Post-2011 scenarios in Sudan: What role for the EU?, Damien Helly, Suliman Baldo, Maria Gabrielsen, Fabienne Hara, Damien Helly, Fouad Hikmat, Michael Kevane, Roland Marchal, Tim Murithi, and Luke Patey

Submissions from 2008

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Fuel-Efficient Stove Programs in IDP Settings Summary Evaluation Report Darfur, Sudan, Academy for Educational Development and Michael Kevane

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Burkina Faso, Michael Kevane

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Darfur: Rainfall and Conflict, Michael Kevane and Leslie Gray

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Diminished Access, Diverted Exclusion: Women and Land Tenure in Sub-Saharan Africa, Michael Kevane and Gray Leslie

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Land Tenure and Rental in Western Sudan, Michael Kevane and Gray Leslie

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How Much do Village Libraries Increase Reading? Results of a Survey of 10th Graders in Burkina Faso, Michael Kevane and Alain Joseph Sissao

Submissions from 2007

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Burkina Faso, Michael Kevane

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Habitudes de lectureau Burkina Faso, Michael Kevane and Alain Joseph Sissao

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From Quasi-Private to Quasi-Public: The Development of Local Libraries in the United States, 1870-1930, Michael Kevane and William A. Sundstrom

Submissions from 2006

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Dim Delobsom: French Colonialism and Local Response in Upper Volta, Michael Kevane

Economic Systems in Africa Prepared for New Encyclopedia of Africa, 2nd edition, Michael Kevane

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Official Representations of the Nation: Comparing the Postage Stamps of Sudan and Burkina Faso, Michael Kevane

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Women’s Access to Credit in Sub-Saharan Africa: Sudan, Michael Kevane and Endre Stiansen

Submissions from 2005

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Reflections on the Joint Assessment Mission, Michael Kevane

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Freedom, Servitude and Voluntary Labor, Michael Kevane and Jonathon Conning

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Résultats préliminaires d’une enquête sur la lecture à Ouagadougou, Michael Kevane and Alain Joseph Sissao

Submissions from 2004

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Sudan: 2001-2002: From war to the possibility of peace in the south and then to new conflict in Darfur, Michael Kevane

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The Cost of Getting Books Read in Rural Africa: Estimates from a Survey of Library Use in Burkina Faso, Michael Kevane

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Understanding Sudan: An Introduction, Michael Kevane

Submissions from 2003

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Why Isn't There More Financial Intermediation in Developing Countries?, Michael Kevane and Jonathon Conning

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Are Investments in Daughters Lower When Daughters Move Away? Evidence from Indonesia, Michael Kevane and David Levine

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Improving Design and Performance of Group Lending: Suggestions from Burkina Faso, Michael Kevane and Barbara MkNelly

Submissions from 2002

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Community-Based Targeting Mechanisms for Social Safety Nets: A Critical Review, Jonathan H. Conning and Michael Kevane

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Marriage in Africa: simple economics, Michael Kevane

Submissions from 2001

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Evolving Tenure Rights and Agricultural Intensification in Southwestern Burkina Faso, Michael Kevane and Leslie Gray

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Microenterprise Lending to Female Entrepreneurs: Sacrificing Economic Growth for Poverty Alleviation?, Michael Kevane and Bruce Wydick

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Social Norms and the Time Allocation of Women's Labor in Burkina Faso, Michael Kevane and Bruce Wydick

Submissions from 1999

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Titanium Hoes? Farmers, Wealth and Higher Yields in Western Sudan, Michael Kevane

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Why do I live in African villages?, Michael Kevane

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A Woman's Field Is Made At Night: Gendered Land Rights And Norms In Burkina Faso, Michael Kevane and Leslie C. Gray

Submissions from 1998

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Extra-Household Norms and Intra-Household Bargaining: Gender in Sudan and Burkina Faso, Michael Kevane

Submissions from 1997

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A Developmental State Without Growth? Explaining the Paradox of Burkina Faso in a Comparative Perspective, Michael Kevane and Pierre Englebert

Submissions from 1996

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Agrarian Structure and Agricultural Practice: Typology and Application to Western Sudan, Michael Kevane

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Qualitative Impact Study of Credit With Education in Burkina Faso, Michael Kevane

Submissions from 1995

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Local politics in the time of Turabi's revolution: gender, class and ethnicity in western Sudan, Michael Kevane and Leslie C. Gray

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Adults’ Abilities To Detect Children Who Are Ready To Learn, Michelle Perry, Jacqueline Woolley, and John Ifcher

Submissions from 1994

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Village labor markets in Sheikan district, Sudan, Michael Kevane

Submissions from 1993

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For Whom is the Rural Economy Resilient? Initial Effects of Drought in Western Sudan, Leslie C. Gray and Michael Kevane

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Is the “Sheil” a Shill? Informal Credit in Rural Sudan, Michael Kevane

Submissions from 1982

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Optimal Pricing in the Presence of Experience Effects, Frank H. Clarke, M. N. Darrough, and John Heineke

Submissions from 1980

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Law Enforcement Agencies as Multiproduct Firms: Correcting Some Misconceptions, John Heineke and M. N. Darrough

Submissions from 1979

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Law Enforcement Agencies as Multiproduct Firms: An Econometric Investigation of Production Costs, John Heineke and M. N. Darrough

Submissions from 1978

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Technical and allocative efficiency: preliminary ideas toward discrimination between the hypotheses, John Heineke and M. N. Darrough

Submissions from 1977

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The multi-output translog production cost function: the case of law enforcement agencies, John Heineke and M. N. Darrough

Submissions from 1976

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Modeling the offense decision: a critical survey, John Heineke

Submissions from 1975

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The models of economic choice theory: a paradigm for non-economists, John Heineke

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A Labor Theoretic Analysis of the Criminal Choice, John Heineke and M. K. Block

Submissions from 1973

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Demand for Refined Lead, John Heineke

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The Allocation of Effort Under Uncertainty: The Case of Risk Averse Behavior, John Heineke and M. K. Block

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The supply of legal and illegal activity: A choice theoretic analysis, John Heineke and M. K. Block

Submissions from 1972

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A theory of household behavior under uncertainty, John Heineke and M. K. Block

Submissions from 1971

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Rigid pricing policies and profit maximization, John Heineke

Submissions from 1970

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A note on a compound distribution: the demand for hospital beds, John Heineke

Submissions from 1969

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A stochastic model of wildfire ignitions and damages, John Heineke and Stein Weissenberger

Submissions from 1967

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Stochastic Reserve Losses, John Heineke and Eleanor M. Birch

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Stochastic Reserve Losses: A Rejoinder, John Heineke and Eleanor M. Birch