Does reality TV influence local crime rates? How does labor supply differ across immigrant populations? Who recycles for cash? How do political regimes impact economic growth? What is the value of social insurance?
These are just some of the questions that faculty in the economics department are asking in their research and in the classroom.
More broadly, economics is the study of decision-making and policy-making in the context of a world constrained by scarcity. We aim to help our students understand how decisions are linked to incentives and how policies can help align individual incentives with social objectives, including an efficient use of the world’s resources and an equitable distribution of its output. We also aim to equip our students with the rigorous theoretical and empirical tools of our profession to enable them to better analyze and guide the decision making of individuals, the conduct of businesses and nonprofit enterprises, and the policies of governments and international organizations.
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