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 2017

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The Saving & Loan Insolvencies and the Costs of Financial Crisis, Alexander J. Field

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Local neighbors as positives, regional neighbors as negatives: Competing channels in the relationship between others’ income, health, and happiness, John Ifcher, Homa Zarghamee, and Carol Graham

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California Water Reallocation: Where'd You Get That?, Damian Park

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International reserves and global interest rates, Gonçalo Pina

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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Beware dodgy data analysis, Xiaojing Dong and John M. Heineke

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Correlation or Causality?: The Sorry State of Empirical Modeling, Xiaojing Dong and John M. Heineke

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Real and Financial Investment: A Review of Jack Rasmus, 2016, Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy, Alexander J. Field

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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

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Pegxit Pressure: Evidence from the Classical Gold Standard, Kris James Mitchener and Gonçalo Pina

Submissions from 2015

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California’s Flawed Surface Water Rights, Michael Hanemann, Caitlin Dyckman, and Damian Park

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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. Kolev, Gonçalo Pina, and Federico Todeschini

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The recent growth of international reserves in developing economies: A monetary perspective, Gonçalo Pina

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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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Capital in the Twenty-First Century: A Review Essay, Alexander J. Field

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Prosociality and the Military, Alexander J. Field

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Schelling, von Neumann, and the Event that Didn’t Occur, Alexander J. Field

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The Interwar Housing Cycle in the Light of 2001-2012: A Comparative Historical Approach, Alexander J. Field

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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 2013

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Economic Growth and Recovery in the United States, 1919-1941, Alexander J. Field

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John Kenneth Galbraith, Alexander J. Field

Submissions from 2012

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The Adversity/Hysteresis Effect: Depression Era Productivity Growth in the U.S. Railroad Sector, Alexander J. Field

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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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The Procyclical Behavior of Total Factor Productivity in the United States, 1890-2004, Alexander J. Field

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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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The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Current Crisis, Alexander J. Field

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U.S. Economic Growth in the Gilded Age, Alexander J. Field

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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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Biological and Cultural Group Selection: Comments on Landa's paper, Alexander J. Field

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Economic History, Alexander J. Field

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Productivity, Alexander J. Field

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The Impact of the Second World War on U.S. Productivity Growth, Alexander J. Field

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Why Multilevel Selection Matters, Alexander J. Field

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Burkina Faso, Michael Kevane

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Economic Systems in Africa, 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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Beyond foraging: behavioral science and the future of institutional economics, Alexander J. Field

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The Equipment Hypothesis and U.S. Economic Growth, Alexander J. Field

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The Origins of U.S. Total Factor Productivity Growth in the Golden Age, Alexander J. Field

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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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Communications, Alexander J. Field

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Douglass North, Alexander J. Field

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Technical change and US economic growth: the interwar period and the 1990s, Alexander J. Field

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Technological Change and U.S. Productivity Growth in the Interwar Years, Alexander J. Field

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Dim Delobsom: French Colonialism and Local Response in Upper Volta, 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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Social Preferences in Small‐Scale Societies, Alexander J. Field

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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

Altruism, Alexander J. Field

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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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Comment on Bergstrom, Alexander J. Field

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Economics, Biology, and Culture: Hodgson on History, Alexander J. Field

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Mirowski’s Machine Dreams, Alexander J. Field

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The Most Technologically Progressive Decade of the Century, Alexander J. Field

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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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Bankruptcy, Debt, and the Macroeconomy, 1919-1946, Alexander J. Field

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Not What it Used to Be: The Cambridge Economic History of The United States, vols. II and III, Alexander J. Field

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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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Comment on Paper by Gavin Wright, ‘Can A Nation Learn? American Technology as a Network Phenomenon’, Alexander J. Field

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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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Critical Issues Relating to Impacts of Information Technology: Areas for Future Research and Discussion, Alexander J. Field