Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the USC Department of Economics has among its faculty internationally recognized scholars and one of the most diverse student populations in the United States. Economics is one of the most popular majors on campus. Our MA and PhD programs prepare our graduate students for a wide variety of careers in business, government and academia.

Department News

Networking with Economists

USC Dornsife's Economics Department ramps up initiative to connect students with alumni mentors. Activities help students transition from the classroom to the work force. Read more, http://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/1715/networking-with-economists

Richard Easterlin, Honorary Degree Recipient

Richard Easterlin, one of the most influential and imaginative economists of his generation, has been awarded an honorary degree from Northwestern University. Easterlin is a pioneer in economic history, economic demography and happiness economics. He has written such seminal books as "Birth and Fortune,"Growth Triumphant" and "Happiness, Growth, and the Life Cycle," for which he won the IZA Prize in Labor Economics. Click here for full story.

USC Dornsife INET: Institute for New Economic Thinking

The USC Dornsife Institute for New Economic Thinking will receive funding to strengthen postdoctoral training and collaborate with researchers university-wide. Read more, http://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/1654/new-economic-thinking/

CHARLS:China Health & Retirement Longitudinal Study

China has the largest elderly population in the world and also one of the most rapidly aging societies in the world, Responding to this challenge, the Chinese government has taken robust actions to provide social protection to the elderly.CHARLS is designed to meet data needs for the study of population aging. John Strauss, professor of economics in USC, is an investigator in a study recently published in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

NASM:North-American Summer Meeting

The Department of Economics was host of the North-American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society. The Econometric Society is the most prominent and largest international association of research economists in the world. Although not as large as the massive Winter meeting of the Allied Social Sciences in which the Econometric Society participates as well, NASM is the largest Summer conference of research economists in North America....Read More

Hashem Pesaran

 Hashem Pesaran, who holds the John Elliot Distinguished Chair in Economics, was recently featured on the cover of a popular Economics journal in Iran.  The article talked about the "Pesaran Way" of economics.  

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