SMU Department of Economics

The official page for the Department of Economics at Southern Methodist University (SMU)

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Photos from SMU Department of Economics's post 06/18/2024

Big changes taking place this summer in the department. We're creating new office space and sprucing things up! 😀

Economics Department – Tagline 05/29/2024

Do you follow our departmental blog? Find out what is going on in the Economics Department by accessing the newsfeed link on our website. https://blog.smu.edu/economics/. Click to read the latest post about how alum Jesse LaBelle is garnering national attention for his work on multinational corporations.

Economics Department – Tagline Mea Ahlberg Wins 2024 Mangum Teaching Award Posted on May 23, 2024Updated: May 24, 2024 Dr. Ahlberg has been chosen to receive the Barbara and James Mangum Teaching Award in recognition of her extraordinary student engagement. Her dedication to teaching, including her work in redesigning principles....

Photos from SMU Department of Economics's post 05/22/2024

Congratulations to our awesome PhD students, Jun Nie and Shuo Qi for winning the 2024 Melody Rice Award!

Photos from SMU Department of Economics's post 05/17/2024

Congratulations to our 2024 grads! The Economics Department had 133 undergraduates, 9 Master's students, and 2 PhD students who earned their degrees in May. We are so proud of everything they have accomplished, and can't wait to see what amazing careers they will have!

Photos from SMU Department of Economics's post 05/07/2024

Silvia Vazquez is the winner of the Economics Department’s 2023-2024 Award for Excellence in Economics. Best of luck in your future endeavors!

Photos from SMU Department of Economics's post 05/07/2024

Aisha Aslam is the recipient of the Economics Department’s 2023-2024 Josef Hadar Award. She is also graduating with Departmental Distinction in Economics. Congratulations Aisha on your accomplishments!

Photos from SMU Department of Economics's post 05/06/2024

We are excited to share that Benjamin Liu is the recipient of the Economics Department’s Spring 2024 Lovejoy Award. Congratulations Benjamin! Best of luck in your future career!

04/10/2024

The Economics Department was proud to nominate Yara Shousha as SMU Student Worker of the Year. She's an amazing young woman and we are SO grateful to have had her help over the past year and a half. We wish her only the best as she graduates and moves on to what we know will be an remarkable career!

Nathan Balke, 2007 Dedman Family Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics, to serve as Dean ad interim of Dedman College – Economics Department 04/09/2024

https://blog.smu.edu/economics/2024/04/09/nathan-balke-2007-dedman-family-distinguished-professor-in-the-department-of-economics-to-serve-as-dean-ad-interim-of-dedman-college/

Nathan Balke, 2007 Dedman Family Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics, to serve as Dean ad interim of Dedman College – Economics Department Nathan Balke, 2007 Dedman Family Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics, to serve as Dean ad interim of Dedman College Posted on April 9, 2024 Nathan Balke, 2007 Dedman Family Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics, has agreed to serve as Dean ad interim of Dedman Col...

04/09/2024

Six Economics PhD students presented research posters at the Graduate Poster Session on April 3 at the Moody School of Graduate & Advanced Studies: Hsin-Wei Chang, William Cunningham, Tahmeed Hossain, Ayus Mitra, Jun Nie and Shuo Qi.
Great participation from the Econ department! All six posters were impressive and the students put in a lot of effort. Two of the presenters were third year students; they deserve special commendation.
There is a monetary prize for the best econ poster. Many thanks to Hao D**g, Prasanthi Ramakrishnan and Mike Sposi for judging the posters. The prize went to William Cunningham, “Conditional IV Estimation of Neighborhood Demand”

03/26/2024

A reminder that the Economics Department recently launched a career blog! If you are interested in the Entrepreneur Ethics event tomorrow, and the Risk Management Networking event on April 10th. Please view the blog for more information. https://blog.smu.edu/ecocareers/

03/21/2024
GiveNow - SMU 03/05/2024

SMU Giving Day is underway! If you would like to show your support for the Department of Economics please visit https://link.smu.edu/Giving/GiveNow?c=1014000 today!

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Determining economic factors for s*x trafficking in the United States using count time series regression - Empirical Economics 02/02/2024

Beth Wheaton-Paramo - Team Lead for the SMU Human Trafficking Data Research (HTDR) Program

Beth Wheaton-Paramo and her team have published a paper in Empirical Economics this month. Using data housed in the newly created SMU Human Trafficking Data Warehouse, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Southern Methodist University and University College Dublin used count time series regression modeling to explain the effects of economic factors on the counts on federal s*x trafficking-related convictions in the U.S. This adds to the growing body of research being done within the SMU Human Trafficking Data Research (HTDR) Project.

Determining economic factors for s*x trafficking in the United States using count time series regression - Empirical Economics The article presents a robust quantitative approach for determining significant economic factors for s*x trafficking in the United States. The aim is to study monthly counts of s*x trafficking-related convictions, and use a wide range of economic variables as covariates to investigate their effect o...

ECO Job Blog 01/22/2024

We often receive emails about job opportunities, internships, webinars, and conferences for our students. The department has created a "Jobs Blog" on our website. You can navigate there using this link: https://blog.smu.edu/ecojobs/ , or by clicking on the link on the UG page of our website. If you receive information about job openings you wish to share, email them to [email protected] and we will post when we have a chance!

ECO Job Blog Categories Energy Economics Research Summer ’24 Fellowship Opportunity at the University of Chicago – Energy Policy Institute Post author By 49037813 Post date January 22, 2024 No Comments on Summer ’24 Fellowship Opportunity at the University of Chicago – Energy Policy Institute A team of p...

Photos from SMU Department of Economics's post 12/13/2023

We are excited to announce that Dylan Zlatinski is the recipient of the Economics Department’s Fall 2023 Lovejoy Award. Congratulations Dylan! Best of luck in your future endeavors!

10/30/2023

Interested in a PhD in Economics from SMU? An information session will be held on November 8th. Please see below for information on how to register.

09/21/2023

Not all heroes wear capes…some weild a magazine and kill giant wasps.

09/07/2023

Students, don't miss these upcoming events coordinated by the Hegi Family Career Development Center.

09/05/2023

Nate Pattison's PhD Labor Economics course is very popular! To see more of the work Nate is doing in this field visit his website https://pattison-nate.github.io/

Photos from SMU Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies's post 09/01/2023
08/29/2023

As an SMU Student you have access to excellent business news sources! Use your SMU email to sign up for free personal accounts with Financial Times, Barron’s and the New York Times! And stay up to date on the latest breaking news!

SMU students can also access articles in the Wall Street Journal through the Factiva database. Factiva is available from the Business Databases page at the Business Library website, https://www.smu.edu/libraries/business.

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08/28/2023

Happy first day of class, Mustangs!

Comment below some words of encouragement for our students!

Photos from SMU Department of Economics's post 08/28/2023

One week down, only 13 more to go this semester! First Friday Celebration for PhD students and faculty.

Photos from SMU Department of Economics's post 08/23/2023

Welcoming our new PhD class and returning PhD students with a pizza lunch 8-21-2023

08/03/2023

The *MANDATORY* International Graduate Orientation prepares international students for success at SMU, in Dallas, and in the U.S. This provides the opportunity for students to build their SMU community in fellow Mustangs across various schools and programs while also receiving important information to facilitate their transition to life in Dallas. Topics covered included in the graphic!

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Photos from SMU Department of Economics's post 06/23/2023

Congratulations to Rankin Poage on winning the 2023 Josef Hadar Award! We are proud of your hard work!

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Welcome to the SMU Department of Economics!

An undergraduate degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University equips you with specialized analytical, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills and an understanding on how human behavior influences the production and distribution of wealth. Economics majors can capitalize on our rigorous curriculum by choosing from a broad array of advanced Economics courses to tailor their studies to their personal interests and career aspirations.

The Department of Economics has been at the forefront of graduate education at SMU. The Ph.D. program in Economics is over 55 years old and was the first Ph.D. program in the university. It has a strong national reputation and an excellent placement record in both academic and non-academic positions.

We also offer multiple Master’s degrees that emphasize strong training in quantitative techniques of economic and econometric analysis and are geared towards business and government professionals.

The department is located in the third floor of the Umphrey Lee Center.

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