Research – a systematic inquiry or investigation into a topic – is conducted across the curricula at the University at Albany.  Whether it is using ancient texts or more recent diaries to develop new understandings or analyzing data to find mathematical patterns, research is an important component of your university education. Research begins with a question. What answer will you uncover?

What is Economics Research?

Economics studies how society, through individual choices and their interactions, makes decisions about its resources, relating to:

  • Labor
  • International relations
  • Health
  • Government
  • Consumer behavior
  • Money and banking
  • Environment
  • Development of countries
  • Unemployment
  • Inflation
  • Business
  • Law

How can I do research in economics at UAlbany?

Upper-level economic electives in labor, international trade, health, finance and the environment, among other areas, offer students the opportunity to engage in economic research as part of their coursework. Topics could include:

  • Current issues concerning the recession
  • Wall Street
  • Income inequality
  • Forecasting
  • Technological change

Particular courses, such as ECO420 (Applied Econometrics) and ECO 480 (Large-scale Macroeconomics) require students to develop a research question and undertake empirical work on the subject. A student who has developed an interest in a particular research area with a professor can pursue the subject through an independent study.

Some other resources to explore:

The American Economic Association provides a list of undergraduate research opportunities (meetings, journals, summer opportunities, and contests) for students at

Additionally, UAlbany has a chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an economics honor society that publishes undergraduate research in The American Economist.

If you like Economics, there might be interesting research opportunities for you in:

Sociology, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Criminal Justice, Law, Statistics, Demography, Political Science