Photo of Clock TowerThe Department of Economics at the University of Wisconsin - Madison is a top teaching and research department comprised of a dedicated group of faculty, staff and students who lead the field in current economic issues.

The mission of the department is to understand the decisions of businesses and consumers as well as the implications and causes of contemporary economic issues by developing a systematic and thorough understanding of precisely how economic systems operate.

Ours is one of the fastest growing departments here at the University due to the relevance of our subject matter in current affairs, and the excellent reputation of teaching and scholarship within the department.

Department of Economics Picture Day!

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Tuesday, October 21st between 8:00am-12:00pm


Wednesday, October 22nd between 12:00pm-4:00pm

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to sign-up! Please register HERE. Registration ends Friday, October 17th at 12:00pm.

Todd Warnock, BA’83, Establishes Endowed Chair

Alumnus, Todd Warnock, gives back to growing economics major.  Endowed chair will ensure that economics students today have access to the same outstanding professors he experienced as an economics major more than 30 years ago. For more details, click here

Economics Department Celebrates Graduates at Certificate Ceremony

Economics is hosting a ceremony to honor graduating Economics majors. Graduates will be personally recognized and will receive a certificate from the department that distinguishes them as an Economics major. Senior class president, Joe Meeker will open the ceremony followed by department chair Ananth Seshadri. Vilas Research Professor, Steven Durlauf will give the keynote charge to the graduates. Economics graduates and their families were invited to the special event and were asked to RSVP before May 6th. For more information please contact the Economics Undergraduate Advising Office.

Congratulations to the Economics Class of 2014!

Economics Professor Steven Durlauf discussing Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Professor Durlauf's discussion starts at 1:04:00

Stephen Roach ('68 Alum) spoke as part of the 2014 China and Global Economics Lecture Series

Dr.Roach is a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia.

A video of the presentation can be found here

Econ alum and President of the Boston Fed, Eric Rosengren was featured in a recent Slate article

UW Economics Alum Appointed to Social Security Advisory Board by President Obama

Alan Cohen (PhD ’79) was appointed to the Social Security Advisory Board by President Obama. Read the full press release.