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The Economics Department at UCSD Began in 1964

We have grown a lot since then, now hosting a vibrant, cosmopolitan community of students, faculty and visiting scholars. Our students and faculty represent diverse backgrounds (79 countries in 2015/16), ethnicities, religions and identities, including many with a history of unequal treatment and disadvantage. We strive to provide a tolerant, inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.

Our 40 faculty examine everything from microeconomic and econometric theory (our two traditional fields of strength) to macroeconomics, development economics, public finance, international economics, environmental economics and labor economics. We provide a diverse and complete training for our students, as well as research at many of the frontiers of economic research.

Our courses are challenging and rigorous, but there is a return on investment: we graduate between eight and nine hundred students a year with Bachelors' degrees, many to great jobs and graduate schools, here in California and around the world. In addition, we graduate twenty or thirty PhD students a year, who either become professors themselves or go on to interesting careers in government or the private sector.

Economics in Action

Valerie Ramey RKCho

May 26, 2020

UCSD's Valerie Ramey wins the R.K.Cho Economics Prize

Trevino Econometrica

February 5, 2020

Financial contagion is the spread of market disturbances

Valerie Ramey in the Wall Street Journal

August 23, 2019

UCSD faculty member Valerie Ramey, freshly back from the 2019 Fed meeting at Jackson Hole, is reminding everyone of the size of the National Debt in an Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal

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Economics Video Handbooks

Economics faculty at UC San Diego have developed video handbooks in three fields: Intermediate Microeconomics, Econometrics, and Game Theory. Each video handbook is a comprehensive set of lectures and other materials that can be used by instructors and students in core undergraduate courses and in numerous electives. The video handbooks incorporate a variety of engaging presentation formats, most prominently the Learning Glass technology.

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