About Our Department

The Department of Economics is committed to excellence in teaching and research in all major areas of Economics, including Behavioral Economics, Development Economics, Economic Growth, Econometrics, Financial Economics, Game Theory, Industrial Organization, Labor Economics, Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics, Market Design, Mathematical Economics, Public Finance, and Urban Economics.

Economics faculty and students at all levels are actively engaged in research, and we collaborate with other units in Arts & Sciences, the McKelvey School of Engineering, and the Olin School of Business, as well as those outside the university such as the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

We provide an inclusive learning environment and promote diversity among faculty and students. We invite you to explore our undergraduate and graduate programs. Our graduates undertake rewarding career paths in a variety of industries and carry on their education in leading institutions around the world.

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Recent Publications & Media

"The plant-level view of an industrial policy: The Korean heavy industry drive of 1973" - Yongs Shin, VOXEU.ORG, October 25, 2021

"Technological Change and Obsolete Skills: Evidence from Men’s Professional Tennis" - Ian Fillmore, Labour Economics, September 10, 2021.

"WashU Expert: Breaking down the American Rescue Plan" - Steven Fazzari featured in WU's The Source on March 12, 2021.

"St. Louis professors say vaccines could lead to an economic rebound by fall" - Steven Fazzari featured in a KSDK article on February 18, 2021.

"The economy is getting even worse for Americans with high school degrees or less education" - Yongseok Shin quoted in a Washington Post article on January 27, 2021.

"Women in Economics: Zena Pare and Ella Needler" - Featuring Washington University senior Ella Needler, Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis' Women in Economics Podcast on September 28, 2020.

"So You Know What Generation You Belong To — What Does That Even Mean?" - George-Levi Gayle quoted in Discover Magazine article on July 10, 2020.

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