About the Department of Economics

Welcome to the Department of Economics of the University at Albany, State University of New York. Our department trains students to critically and objectively analyze issues related to the economy, business, public policy, and society. Our graduates obtain positions throughout the world in academia, business, government, and other agencies and organizations.

We offer programs leading to the B.A., B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Most Economics majors choose our B.A. program, which provides a good background for students who plan to begin their careers immediately after graduation. The B.S. program is designed for students who seek a more challenging and rigorous academic program, and it is well suited for those who plan to go on to graduate school or professional study, especially in technical fields such as economics or management science. The combined B.S./M.A. program prepares students for professional careers in economic and empirical analysis in government, business, financial and non-profit institutions. The M.A. program in economics allows students to acquire advanced training in economic analysis and apply it in an area of concentration. The Department offers a new concentration in forecasting within the Masters of Arts program and a new Certificate in Economic Forecasting. The Ph.D. program in economics trains highly qualified professional economists for careers in teaching and research in colleges and universities, and for research and administrative positions in government and private organizations.

Our department has a long-standing mission to perform economic research that advances our knowledge in both theoretical and applied economics, and to disseminate that knowledge through publication in leading peer-reviewed journals. We have a strong faculty engaged in a wide range of applied and theoretical research. Our strengths include econometrics, macroeconomics, microeconomic theory, labor economics, and public economics. Our faculty members have published and continue to publish their research in profession’s most prestigious journals. Our faculty members’ research has been supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Transportation, and National Institute on Aging.

In addition to their own research, our faculty members hold 7 editorial board positions on some of the leading journals of the profession. Department members include two associate editors of journals and one NIH review panel member. Two members of the Department are research associates at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), one is an Elected Honorary Fellow of International Institute of Forecasters, and one is a University Distinguished Professor.

In the 2012 rankings of Research Papers in Economics (RePEC)), the most comprehensive archive of economic research in the world, our department placed in the top 10% of all U.S. economics institutions, including academic and non-academic.