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.


Upcoming Department Events

September 22, 2021 2:30 - 4:00 PM | ERE Brown Bag Seminar

September 24, 2021 2:30 - 4:00 PM | Department Seminar with Xiaoyang Wang

October 8, 2021 2:30 - 4:00 PM | Department Seminar with Benjamin Jones

October 22, 2021 2:30 - 4:00 PM | Department Seminar with Xiaoxue Li

November 5, 2021 2:30 - 4:00 PM | Department Seminar with Brady Horn

November 19, 2021 2:30 - 4:00 PM | Department Seminar with Jingjing Wang


Read the Welcome Letter from the Chair!

Why YOU should study Economics at UNM!

Check out our Graduate Program!

Latest Departmental News

Graduate Student Avinandan Chakraborty receives the 2021 Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship

August 20, 2021

Graduate student Avinandan Chakraborty receives the Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship for the academic year 2021-2022. The Dean’s Di ... [Read More]

Graduate Student Avinandan Chakraborty and Associate Professor Sarah Stith's paper accepted

August 20, 2021

Ph.D. candidate Avinandan Chakraborty and Associate Professor Dr. Sarah Stith with coauthor Dr. Jacqueline Doremus had their paper, “The Effects ... [Read More]

Department of Economics Leadership Change

June 30, 2021

Dean Mark Peceny of the College of Arts & Sciences at UNM has appointed Professor Janie Chermak to serve as the next Chair of the Department of Econom ... [Read More]

Scholarship in Memorial of Michelle Elizabeth Canady

May 14, 2021

Michelle Elizabeth (Welles) Canaday (1986-2020) passed away too early. This Scholarship was established in her memory by an initial gift from family m ... [Read More]