Department of Economics

The study of economics investigates the consequences of scarcity, which forces people, organizations and governments to choose among competing objectives. Economics looks at these choices and how they affect the production of goods and services, market prices, national output, unemployment, inflation, economic growth and the use and distribution of resources within and across nations. Part of the social and behavioral sciences in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the economics program exposes students to macroeconomics, microeconomics, labor economics, the economics of industry, international finance, international trade and development, money and banking, the economics of government and public policy and econometrics.

The Department of Economics, which is located within walking distance of the Federal Reserve, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Office of Management and Budget, offers several options of study:

Meet the Department Chair

Barry R. Chriswick

Barry R. Chiswick is focused on immigrant adjustments in their destination and the labor market outcomes of racial, ethnic and religious minorities, and the economics of religion. He has studied countries on four continents and finds inter-country analyses very helpful. In addition, he consults on these issues to U.S. government agencies, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations.