About Economics

The Department of Economics at William & Mary is among the leading departments in the country among those liberal arts institutions which combine excellence in teaching and research. At a given point in time, you are bound to encounter some thirty economists in Tyler Hall. Currently, we have 25 tenured or tenure-eligible faculty, 3 lecturers, 3 visiting assistant professors, and 5 adjunct professors. We serve some 450 undergraduate majors and another 100 or so majors in International Relations, Public Policy (graduate and undergraduate), and Environmental Studies.

As you can judge from the Handbook for Majors [pdf], our undergraduate curriculum encompasses all areas of economics, both theory and applied. The Economics major requires 30 credit hours beyond principles (and calculus). We offer a number of advanced econometrics courses which have enabled our alumni to enter top graduate programs in Economics and obtain research-oriented jobs. We plan to institute a senior capstone essay in the near future. Our faculty are widely accessible and committed to teaching and mentoring.

As you can judge from our website, our faculty are productive researchers in the areas of economic theory, econometrics, macroeconomics, applied microeconomics. We are well represented in the areas of development economics, econometrics, human resource economics, and economic history. The Department has close ties with AidData, the Schroeder Center for Health Policy, and the graduate Program in Public Policy which provide ample opportunities for faculty to engage in policy-oriented research. Some of our faculty also teach in the Business School, the Law School, or the School of Marine Science.

The Department of Economics also provides a number of scholarships for our best students, based on merit and/or need. For more information about the undergraduate program or faculty research, please visit our website or our office in Tyler 317. Thank you.

Berhanu Abegaz
Professor of Economics and Chair