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

"As virus roars back, so do signs of a new round of layoffs" - Yongseok Shin quoted in The Associated Press article on June 30, 2020.

"Risk of reopening US economy too fast: A W-shaped recovery" - Yongseok Shin quoted in The Associated Press article on May 11, 2020.

"Brace Yourself for Some Really Bad Economic News" by Steve Fazzari, March 31, 2020, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and "The Two Moves Required to Avoid the Collapse of the Italian Economy" by Michele Boldrin, April 7, 2020, Econopoly - Steve Fazzari and Michele Boldrin participate in the economic debate about the effects of the coronavirus.

"WashU Expert: How to Pick a Science Fair Project" - Advice to parents: don't shortchange the idea stage. A profile of the work of Sam Martorana, a Department of Economics Class of 2020 major.

"Women in Economics: Mackenzie Alston" - Mackenzie Alston is an assistant professor at Florida State University and a cum laude alumna (class of 2014) of Washington University in St. Louis' Economics and Math Departments, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Podcast by Maria Hasenstab, February 26, 2020.

"Fostering Independent Thinking" - Yongseok Shin's former graduate students have gone on to be successful educators, economists, and researchers. Here, Shin shares his mentorship philosophy, by Francis Anderson, February 20, 2020.

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George-Levi Gayle and Limor Golan have been promoted to full professors.

George-Levi Gayle and Limor Golan have been promoted to full professors.