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Department of Economics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

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About Us

About Our Chair

Maureen Cropper is a Distinguished University Professor of Economics, and has served as Chair of the Economics Department since 2012. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and joined the University of Maryland as an Assistant Professor in 1980. Dr. Cropper has served as chair of the EPA Science Advisory Board Environmental Economics Advisory Committee, as a Lead Economist for the World Bank, and as president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Her research has focused on valuing environmental health effects, on discounting and on the tradeoffs implicit in environmental regulations. Her current research examines the effectiveness of energy sector reforms and environmental programs in India. She teaches environmental economics and undergraduate econometrics.

Graduate Program Overview

About UsThe University of Maryland’s Department of Economics is ranked in the top 20 economics programs in the country in the most recent National Academy of Sciences study. The Department has about 40 faculty members. The size and diversity of the faculty permits study in virtually every major theoretical and applied area of economics including advanced macro, advanced micro, comparative institutional economics, econometrics, economic development, economic history, environmental and natural resource economics, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, political economy, and public economics.

John Shea is the Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Shea received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1990 and joined the Economics Department at Maryland in 1996. He teaches graduate and undergraduate macroeconomics and his research interests include household consumption, intergenerational mobility and interindustry linkages.

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Undergraduate Program Overview

Taking economics courses is a very popular choice for undergraduates at the University of Maryland. In 2012-2013 about 1100 majors pursued a bachelor's of arts in economics here, and 365 degrees were awarded. Economics courses are also taken by other majors to meet various requirements or simply because it's an interesting field of study, highly relevant to "real world" issues. Over half of the students taking economics are not currently majors in this field!

Cindy Clement is the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

If you are interested in declaring economics as your major or just in perusing the different courses we offer, click on the link below to get more information.

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