Economic Sciences

H. Alan Love, Director, invites you to visit the School of Economic Sciences.

The School of Economic Sciences offers a highly rated Ph.D. program in Economics and Agricultural Economics, an M.S. degree in Applied Economics, and an undergraduate program leading to a B.S. degree that open doors to a wide variety of career paths. The School has over 85 graduate students and over 240 undergraduates.

The School is dedicated to high-quality teaching, research, outreach and engagement. Students are taught by 30 full-time faculty members from many economic disciplines. The faculty and students are actively engaged in cutting-edge research. There is a strong tradition of excellence in applied econometric modeling.

Recent publications include journal articles in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Econometrica, International Economic Review, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Environmental Economics & Management, Journal of Law & Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Review of Economic Studies, and Quantitative Economics.

List of courses in Economic Sciences

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T. Randall Fortenbery named 2016-17 WAEA President Elect

2016-17 incoming Directors are Karina Gallardo and WSU Alum Cory Walters of the University of Nebraska

Jill McCluskey named 2014-15 AAEA President Elect

SES PhD Student Darlington Sabasiand co-authors won the WAEA Outstanding Published Research Award 2014


Leigh Distinguished Lecture in Economics

This is a university-wide lecture made possible by a generous gift from the family of Duane Leigh, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Economics Department at Washington State University. The Bertha C. and Roy E. Leigh Distinguished Lecture Endowment was established in 2001 by Duane’s father, the late Roy E. Leigh to honor his wife.

2017 Leigh Lecture Speaker

This years guest speaker will be Dr. Edward C. Prescott.  Edward C. Prescott is the W. P. Carey Chair in Economics in the W. P. Carey School of Business at the University of Arizona.


Previous Leigh Lecture Speakers

  • Joseph Harrington, 2016,  Dr. Harrington is a Patrick T. Harker Professor for the Dept. of Business Economics & Public Policy in  The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Michael Grossman, 2015, Director of the NBER’s Health Economics Program. for the National Bureau of Economic Research.
  • Susan Athey, 2014, Economics of Technology Professor at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
  • William Greene, 2013, Robert Stansky Professor of Stern School of Business,New York University.
  • Dr. Matthew Rabin, 2012, Edward G. and Nancy S. Jordan Professor of Economics, University of California – Berkeley
  • Orley Ashenfelter, 2011, Joseph Douglas Green 1895 Professor of Economics at Princeton University
  • Robert E. Lucas, Jr, 2010, John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and a 1995 Nobel Laureate.
  • J. Hausman, 2009, John and Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics at MIT in Cambridge.
  • Tim Kehoe, 2008, Distinguished McKnight Professor of Economics, University of Minnesota.
  • James J. Heckman, 2007, Nobel Laureate 2000, Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago.
  • Daniel J. McFadden, 2006, Nobel Laureate 2000, E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics, Director of the Econometrics Laboratory, and Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Kathryn Shaw, 2005, Ernest C. Arbuckle Professor of Economics in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University
  • Alan Auerbach, 2004, Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law Director, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kerry Smith, 2003, University Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University.
  • Ed Lazear, 2002, Jack Steel Parker Professor of Human Resources Management and Economics, Stanford University.
  • Hal Varian, 2001, Class of 1944 Professor of Economics and Professor of Business Administration and Information Management and Systems, University of California, Berkeley.
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