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From the Chair

Welcome! As Chair of the Economics Department in Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Science, I thank you for visiting our website. We are widely regarded as one of the leading departments in the country, with vibrant faculty who are ready to engage both undergraduate and graduate students in cutting-edge research and high-quality teaching. Our aim is to provide superb training in theoretical and applied economics to prepare students for a variety of career paths.

With strengths in applied microeconomics, econometrics, economic history, and international economics, in addition to the standard core areas, our faculty have the instructional experience and research expertise to bring out your potential to the fullest. Our diverse and distinguished faculty hail from over a dozen countries and five continents, and their backgrounds make them especially well-suited to addressing policy issues of global import. I encourage you to visit their personal web pages and read some of their working papers and publications to gain an appreciation for the breadth and depth of their research contributions. Faculty in the department are recipients of major grants, including those from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and are associated with leading economic research groups such as the National Bureau of Economic Research and several Federal Reserve Banks.

Our renowned public lecture series has recently featured five Nobel laureates and two chairs of the Federal Reserve Bank. Vanderbilt also serves as home to the American Economic Association, the world’s largest professional association of economists.  I invite you to visit us and see for yourself everything that Vanderbilt Economics, nestled in the heart of exciting Music City, has to offer.  


Kamal Saggi
Chair, Department of Economics
Frances and John Downing Family Chair
Professor of Economics