Based on the quality and quantity of faculty research, the Department of Economics is ranked in the top quartile of academic institutions nationally. Explore seminal research in econometrics, development economics, behavioral and experimental economics, international macroeconomics, and applied economics.
This is your portal into the Trojan Economics Community. Join worldwide alumni, undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty, to share your professional updates and economic observations. Learn about Department programs and become involved.
The Economics Opportunity Fund is vital to the Department's success: every gift makes a difference! Your annual gifts and pledges fund student enrichment programs, alumni outreach events, the Undergraduate Student Association, Peer Tutors, and faculty/student research. This Fund also empowers the Department to host preeminent visiting scholars, recruit superior educators and researchers, and capitalize on unique opportunities that advance and elevate our academic mission.
The Economics Leadership Council partners with Department leadership to strengthen and enrich the student experience; enhance the department's national and international visibility; and secure essential financial resources which advances the academic mission. Comprised of alumni and friends, the ELC supports student mentoring programs, sponsors outreach events, and supports the Economics Opportunity Fund.
Women in Economics is a network of accomplished economics alumnae. Established to encourage more women to enter the male-dominated field of economics, they are inspirational role models offering young women career guidance and insights to the soft skills needed as successful leaders. To network among themselves, they collaborate with faculty members to sponsor activities and networking events where women can share their perspectives on meaningful economic issues.
Mentors are an invaluable resource for achieving genuine lasting success in any endeavor. Alumni and friends of the department generously commit their time, expertise, and wisdom to empower and embolden students as they transition from USC into the working world.
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Opening doors for our Economics students, this annual evening begins with "speed networking" as students mix with economics alumni from a variety of industries. During the dinner that follows, they engage in longer conversations that delve into the fields of most interest to them. In the weeks and months that follow, these invaluable Trojan connections lead to on-line and telephone conversations, coffee chats, virtual meetings and industry luncheons.
Meeting one-on-one with alumni and their colleagues, juniors and seniors are helped to prepare for internships and first jobs. Their resumes are refined and interviewing skills critiqued. The students also discuss networking techniques and how best to master organizational cultures in their chosen fields. Often, these in-depth exchanges lead to ongoing mentoring relationships.