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W&M campus structures named for trailblazing alumni

Following a consultative and thorough process established earlier this year, William & Mary’s Board of Visitors voted Friday to rename two campus buildings and name one campus structure to honor trailblazing alumni who helped open the door for marginalized people at both the university and beyond.

AidData's Important Work

Ariel BenYishay talks about the important work produced by AidData.

Joanna Schug
Meet this year's Faculty Fellowship awardees

Each year, the Alumni Association honors five professors in the early stages of their careers who exemplify teaching excellence at William & Mary.

What the devil? Raft goes empty in annual debate

Students, faculty and staff, and members of the community flooded the Chesapeake rooms in the Sadler Center on March 14 to watch the annual Raft Debate in which three professors, deserted on an imaginary island, represented their disciplines in an battle for a single spot on an imaginary raft.

Michael Fairbanks, ’21 Wins the Socionomics Institute Prize

The Department of Economics is very pleased to announce that this year's winner of the Socionomics Institute $1000 Prize was Michael Fairbanks, a student from Professor Peter Atwater’s ECON 150 course - Economic Confidence and Social Mood

New Books By Economics Department Faculty

Economics department faculty had several books published this year. Please click the link above for more information on the newest publications of Berhanu Abegaz, Professor of Economics and Economics Department Chair and Donald E. Campbell, CSX Professor of Economics.

John Parman Receives Plumeri Award

Joseph J. Plumeri ’66, D.P.S. ’11, established the eponymous award in 2009 in order to encourage exceptional faculty members to pursue their research interests and further challenge their students.

Faculty Promotions and Fellowships

Ariel BenYishay received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor, Peter McHenry received the Tang Associate Professorship, and John Parman received the Paul R. Verkuil Associate Professorship

Economics Club Alumni Panel Highlights the Importance of a Liberal Arts Education

The Economics Club hosted an Alumni Panel on Homecoming weekend in the newly renovated Tucker Hall auditorium. The panel provided students with an opportunity to hear from our Alumni and learn how a degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary can help your career and help you debate ideas, take seriously different points of view, and explore boundaries.

Economics Club Hosts Grad School Information Panel

With registration for Spring classes just around the corner, the Economics Club hosted a graduate school information panel to discuss graduate study in economics and how best to plan ahead.

Schroeder Center for Health Policy Awarded Grant

William & Mary’s Schroeder Center for Health Policy was recently awarded a grant by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the lead federal agency charged with U.S. healthcare system quality and safety, to study the interrelationships between the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Professor Parman Wins Best Article Award

At the annual Economic History meeting, John Parman's article “The National Rise in Residential Segregation" was awarded the Cole prize for best article in the Journal of Economic History.

For the greater green and gold

Terra Alpha Investments advocates for companies to adopt environmentally smart practices.

Diploma Ceremony 2017
2017 Economics Diploma Ceremony

The Diploma Ceremony for the class of 2017 was held in the front Wren Yard on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 1:30 PM. A glorious day of sunshine and warmth greeted faculty, some 130 economics grads, and their proud families.

Robert B. Archibald Retires

Robert B. Archibald, Chancellor Professor of Economics, retires after 41 years of service!

Peter Atwater
Peter Atwater in the Financial Times

Peter Atwater, a William and Mary alum, will be teaching the course, Financial Economics, in the Spring. He is President of Financial Insyghts, LLC (

Awards Abound at Economic History Meetings

Professor John Parman won the Larry Neal Prize for best article in Explorations in Economic History, and Professor Brian Beach won the Cole Prize for the best article in the Journal of Economic History.

Welcome New Economics Faculty!

The department welcomes 7 new faculty members for the 2016-2017 academic year!

John Lopresti
John Lopresti Awarded Tang Fellowship

John Lopresti, Assistant Professor of Economics, has been awarded a Tang Fellowship in recognition of his research accomplishments.

Welcome to Tyler Hall!

We have just moved into a beautifully renovated Tyler Hall across the Sunken Garden. Government, Public Policy, and International Relations are here, too.