Our department's master's degree program has been ranked 3rd in the US according to The Financial Engineer's 2018 ranking of Top Master of Economics Programs. The annual ranking is based on several factors, including graduate salaries, the undergraduate grades of students in the program, and graduate employment rates. Our program's raking has risen from #4 in 2017 and #5 in 2016. Congratulations to our students and faculty for the well-deserved recognition!
Our master's program is currently accepting applications for 2018 admission.
Air, water pollution and other environmental threats contribute to an equivalent of 1 in 6 deaths
College Park, MD—Pollution is linked to an estimated nine million deaths each year worldwide – equivalent to one in six (16%) of all deaths—according to a major new report in The Lancet. The report finds that exposure to pollution—including outdoor and indoor air pollution, water and soil contamination, and chemical pollutants—is one of the largest risk factors for premature death. Distinguished University Professor Maureen Cropper, chair of the Department of Economics, served as a commissioner and a coauthor of the report.
Tuesday, November 28th on our main campus in College Park
Tuesday, December 5th in our Washington, DC location near DuPont Circle
Both sessions will be at 6:45 p.m. The sessions will feature a presentation about the program and opportunities to speak with our program's director, Dr. John Straub, and with other representatives from Maryland's Department of Economics including our Department Chair, Dr. Maureen Cropper and our Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. John Shea. Light refreshments will be served.
On Thursday, September 7, the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking released its final report to the President and members of Congress on how the government can make better use of data it already collects to improve the way federal programs operate. House Speaker Paul Ryan accepted the report from Commission Chair Dr. Katharine G. Abraham in a ceremony on Capitol Hill.
Associate Professor Ina Simonovska joins the Department of Economics beginning in Fall 2017. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. in Economics and Finance from McGill University. She is a research associate at the NBER and a recipient of the Peter B. Kenen Fellowship at the Department of Economics at Princeton University.
Professor Simonovska’s research lies in the intersection of international trade, macroeconomics, and finance. Her research aims to shed light on the sources of welfare gains from international integration.
Assistant Professor Nolan Pope joins the Department of Economics beginning in Fall 2017. Professor Pope is a labor economist and applied microeconomist who specializes in public policy that improves individuals’ labor market and educational outcomes. Nolan uses quasi-experiments, large administrative data sets, and field experiments to answer questions in education, public economics, and labor economics.