The Department of Economics takes a mathematical approach to analyzing social issues and pressing problems. It emphasizes quantitative analysis, computing, and communication skills, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving. Whether you pursue the undergraduate major, minor, or immersion, you’ll gain an understanding of the forces that shape financial and social policies in the modern world, as well as learn how to predict outcomes and develop solutions to economic challenges. The department offers small class sizes, a wide variety of unique courses, and the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty members on publishable research projects.
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Student-to-faculty ratio means a personalized experience
Of students in the undergraduate program engage in a hands-on capstone or research project
Ridding waterways of microplastics, delivering water to remote villages experiencing drought, and better ways to remove salt from water were just a few of the clean-water research projects recently presented by undergraduate students as part of RIT’s Grand Challenge Scholars program.
California Institute of Technology, Post-Doctoral Scholar in Economics at Social Science Experimental Laboratory (SSEL)
Center for Governmental Research, Rochester, NY
Claremont Graduate University, Department of Economic Science
Cornell University, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Iowa State University, Department of Economics
Kent State University, Department of Economics
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Gas Division
Teach for America
US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
US Department of Energy, Office of Petroleum Reserves
US Department of Homeland Security
US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
US Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC
US Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
University of Essex, Department of Economics
University of Massahusetts at Lowell, Department of Economics
University of Pennsylvania, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Wharton Risk Center
West Virginia University, Department of Economics
Students take required core courses that develop the ability to apply economic analysis to real-world problems. Three track options include managerial economics, economic theory, and policy or environmental economics. You can use free electives to pursue advanced study in individualized areas of interest with the opportunity to develop a double major. A 4+1 MBA option through Saunders College of Business is also available.
Combine math and statistics with your desire to impact policy and social issues to research, collect, and analyze information, monitor economic trends, and develop forecasts to guide industries in making critical decisions.
The economics immersion provides a systematic analysis of economic issues through the study of the allocation of scarce resources into production and the distribution of production among the members of society.
An economics minor provides a systematic analysis of economic issues through the study of the allocation of scarce resources into production and the distribution of production among the members of society.
Lominac, C., Batabyal, A. A. (2009). "An Approach to the Management of Orchards That Are Vulnerable to Attack by Invasive Species." Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences 2: 123-131.
Gleeson Hanna, B., Hatch, D., Lominac, C. (2009). “Exposure to Toxic Pollution in New York State, 1998.” Economics Bulletin 29(2): 1103-1117.
Chaudhary, M. H., Batabyal, A. A. (2009). “A Stochastic Analysis of Alternate Ways of Scheduling Transport for Tourists.” Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences 2: 67-75.
Freitas, L., Wagner, J. (2009). “The Uncertain Moral Context of Price Changes.” Ecological Economics 68(4): 1100-1105.
Gleeson Hanna, B., Garcia, A. J., (2008). “Air Pollution and Unleaded Gasoline in Mexico City.” Economics Bulletin 18(3): 1-13.
Batabyal, A. A., DeAngelo, G. J. (2008). “To Match or Not to Match: Aspects of Marital Matchmaking under Uncertainty.” Operations Research Letters 36: 94-98.
Batabyal, A. A., DeAngelo, G. J. (2008). “Average Patent Pendency and Examination Errors.” International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy 4: 112-128.
DeAngelo, G. J., Batabyal, A. A., Kumar, S. (2007). “An Analysis of Economic Cost Minimization and Biological Invasion Damage Control Using the AWQ Criterion.” Annals of Regional Science 41: 639-655.
DeAngelo, G. J., Batabyal, A. A., Kumar, S. (2007). “On Economic Cost Minimization versus Biological Invasion Damage Control.” In A. G. J. M. Oude Lansink (Ed.), New Approaches to the Economics of Plant Health, Springer.
Freitas, L. P., Batabyal, A. A. (2007). “A Stochastic Model of Waste Management with On and Off Site Storage.” Ecological Economics 61(1): 1-5.
Freitas, L. P., Wagner, J. (2007). “Capturing Moral Economic Context.” Economics Bulletin 4(14): 1-10.
Reid, D. M., Jimenez, A., Rahmer, P. (2006). “NAFTA, Mexico and the China Factor.” Voices of Mexico 76 (July-September):1-24.
DeAngelo, G., Wagner, J. (2005). “Characterizing Regulation and Negligence Rule Uncertainty in Solid Waste Management.” Economics Bulletin 11(1): 1-11.
Rohlin, S., Batabyal, A. A. (2005). “A Theoretical Perspective on Managed Rangelands and Irreversible States.” International Review of Economics and Finance14(4): 487-494.
DeAngelo, G., Batabyal, A. A. (2004). “A Dynamic and Stochastic Analysis of Fertilizer Use in Swidden Agriculture.” Economics Bulletin 17(3): 1-10.
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