The Department of Economics is comprised of our highly-ranked Ph.D. program, our Master of Science in Applied Economics, a large undergraduate program, multiple centers, including the Maryland Center for Economics and Policy, and other communities.

The current Chair of the Department is Andrew Sweeting.  He received his PhD in Economics from MIT in 2004 and joined the Maryland faculty in 2013His research addresses a range of topics in theoretical, computational and empirical Industrial Organization, with a particular recent focus on antitrust questions.  He has previously served as Director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission and as an editor of the RAND Journal of Economics and the Journal of Industrial Economics.

About Our Graduate Program

The 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 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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About Our Undergraduate Program

Taking economics courses is a very popular choice for undergraduates at the University of Maryland. In 2019-2020 about 1150 majors pursued a bachelor's degree in economics here, and 427 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!

Erin Moody 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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