Welcome to the Department of Economics

Economics is a fundamental aspect of life becasue economics is about people, decisions, and the impact of those decisions. We make decisions about what career to pursue, about to live, whether or not we recycle, or how important climate change is to us individually. All of these decisions are tied to economics. And at either the undergraduate or the graduate level, our program provides an opportunity to better understand these decisions and the impact of collective decisions as a whole. The department's vision statement describes us and our aspirations well:

Our department (faculty, staff, and students) is an applied economics program. We value collegiality, intellectual diversity and excellence. We work to improve the well-being of communities. Collectively, we aspire to -

  • Provide quality learning experiences that produce intellectually curious and highly capable graduates
  • Conduct policy-relevant and high-quality research
  • Serve the community, university, and discipline

As a department we are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment. Our research and teaching is strengthened by diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and points of view. We welcome colleagues and students of all races, ethnicities, abilities, religions, nationalities, gender identities, and orientations. Join us in learning economics at UNM.

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Latest Departmental News

UNM Faculty Member Dave Dixon Discusses Supply Chains on KRQE

October 20, 2021

UNM Economics faculty member Dave Dixon was featured on local news station KRQE 13 to discuss supply chain disruptions and economic impacts of the Cov ... [Read More]

PhD Candidate Avinandan Chakraborty Spotlight by Graduate Studies

October 18, 2021

UNM Economics PhD candidate Avinandan "Avi" Chakraborty was featured in a recent Graduate Studies student spotlight. Read more about Avi, his research ... [Read More]

Economics Professor Emeritus Robert Valdez Nominated to the Biden Administration

October 1, 2021

President Joe Biden recently nominated UNM Economics Professor Emeritus Robert Valdez for Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department ... [Read More]