Luther Rice fellow Connor Delaney and his faculty mentor, Economics Professor Irene Foster, developed a concept-map strategy for teaching economic ideas like opportunity costs.


Faculty and students from the Department of Economics are engaged in breakthrough research on pressing topics, including forecasting financial recessions, designing educational systems and social insurance programs, adapting to climate change in developing countries and much more. 

The department offers several funding opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students for research projects and internships. In the department's Center for Economic Research (CER), students are also invited to conduct hands-on research using the latest econometric tools and quantitative approaches. 

The department encourages a collegial research atmosphere, with students working alongside faculty and senior professors informally mentoring assistant and associate professors in their work. Some economics faculty are also affiliated with the Elliott School of International Affairs’ Center for International Science and Technology Policy and Institute for International Economic Policy.


Center for Economic Research


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CER houses interdisciplinary research led by Department of Economics faculty in partnership with researchers from other GW departments, other universities and private research institutions in the Washington, D.C., area. Current topics include macroeconomic and microeconomic theory, monetary theory and policy, public finance, health economics, regional and urban economics, benefit/cost analysis and much more.

The center also sponsors conferences, meetings and a discussion paper series that promote research efforts and publicize research activities to the wider university community.


CER Focus Areas