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Department of Economics

The Department of Economics is in Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science. It consists of more than 30 full-time faculty whose research covers most major areas of modern economics. The department has been consistently ranked among the top 40 economics departments in the United States.

The faculty are committed to delivering outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs and to producing high-quality research. Economics is the largest undergraduate major in the College of Arts and Science. The undergraduate program provides rigorous training in micro and macroeconomics and offers a variety of advanced elective courses. Students are prepared for future careers in business, law, and government, or for pursuing graduate study. The Ph.D. program in economics builds on a core of economic theory and econometric methods, and equips students to conduct frontier research in their dissertations. Students enter the Ph.D. program from around the country and abroad. Recent graduates have been hired in tenure-track positions at the London School of Economics, University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina, Emory University, and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, among others. The Graduate Program in Economic Development offers the MA degree in economic development, as well as a non-thesis certificate in economic development. Since its inception in 1956, about 1300 students from 120 countries have studied in the program and many of them have gone to distinguished careers in public service and international development organizations.

Seminars and Distinguished Lectures

Centers & Conferences



  • bill The Economic History Association has appointed Bill Collins as the next editor of the Journal of Economic History.  His term begins in 2016.
  • announcementEugene Vorobeychik (Engineering) and Myrna Wooders (Economics) have been awarded a grant for $442,051 for the next three years in support their research project, "Theory and Application of Mechanism Design for Team Formation." This project addresses questions of design of mechanisms for efficient team formation from the perspectives of computer science, microeconomics, experimental economics, and game theory. The grant is sponsored by the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems of the NSF
  • Savelyev Peter Savelyev has been awarded a solo-PI $260,464 NSF grant for the next three years of his research on the economic and psychological origins of health capital accumulation.

Contact Information

Phone: (615) 322-2871

Fax: (615) 343-8495

Write to:
Department of Economics
Vanderbilt University
VU Station B, Box #351819
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235