Department of Economics
Welcome Letter from the Chair
Welcome to the website of the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico. The department is home to 21 faculty members, over 200 undergraduate majors and more than 50 graduate students. We offer bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees.
We are an applied economics program and are proud of our dedication to research, teaching, service and community engagement. The department’s research focus includes environmental and resource economics, public economics – with an emphasis in health, and international development and sustainability. The department was one of the earliest to focus on environmental and resource economics and is home to one of outstanding applied groups in the country, with faculty members serving as editors, associate editors, members of editorial broads, as well as committee members on National Academy of Science projects. Research spans a number of areas, including climate change, water, wildfire, and energy. The public economics group focuses on a variety of policy issues including health, risky behavior, as well as poverty and discrimination. The international development and sustainability group is truly global in nature with a focus ranging from Europe to Africa, to Central and South America to Asia. Departmental faculty maintain active grant-funded research, ranking 62nd among U.S. Economics programs in one recent NSF ranking of R&D expenditures.
The department has offered graduate studies since the 1940’s and the doctoral degree since the 1960’s. Our graduate students follow a number of paths, pursuing careers in academics, research, government, as well as private industry. While many of our undergraduates continue onto graduate school, any others pursue careers in government or in private industry.
The department houses two centers: the Science Impact Laboratory for Policy and Economics (SILPE); and the Nepal Study Center (NSC). Departmental faculty and students also have connections to a number of other interdisciplinary programs and centers at UNM. These include the Water Resources Program, the Center for Water and the Environment, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy, the Latin America and Iberian Institute, the International Studies Institute (ISI), and the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addiction.
Graduate student support and funding opportunities include graduate assistantships, participation in various fellowship programs, as well as research opportunities through faculty funded research programs. Students also have the opportunity to apply for a number of annual departmental awards. These include the Gerald ad Vivian Boyle Memorial Graduate Student Award, the Alfred L. Parker, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship in Economics, the J. Raymond Stuart Award in Economics, and the Julian S. Duncan Scholarship in Latin American Economic Studies. More information on each of these can be found through the giving link at the bottom left of this page.
Please use these web pages to learn more about our undergraduate and graduate program offerings, as well as the research and service activities in the Department.
Janie M. Chermak
Professor and Chair
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Titles for the Fall 2016 Graduate Seminars will be announced soon. The first Seminar is tentatively scheduled for September 2, 2016.