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.

Stephen Roach ('68 Alum) to speak as part of the 2014 China and Global Economics Lecture Series, April 2nd in Union South

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

"Are You an Economist" information sessions are starting up!

If you are planning on declaring the Economics major, thinking about declaring, are considering Economics as a "parallel plan," or just would like to learn more about the Economics major, you should consider coming to an "Are You an Economist" information session held by our undergraduate advisors.

Each session will take approximately 30 minutes, and there you will have the opportunity to learn more about the major, how to declare, the benefits of being a declared major, career options post-graduation, and get answers to any questions that you may have about Economics and where it might take you. Please register for a session here:

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

Spring Scholarships for Undergraduate Econ Students Online Now!

An incredible array of undergraduate scholarship offerings is now open for online applications via Alumni of our Department have been extremely generous, and we hope our undergraduates fully appreciate the honors and the opportunities afforded them by these amazing supporters.

Questions about our undergraduate scholarships should be sent to with the Subject Line Econ Scholars well in advance of the close date for applications.

Applications open Monday, February 10 and remain open until the end of the month, February 28. All recipients will be announced in March and will be invited, along with parents, to our Spring Awards Ceremony at that time.

Spring Awards Ceremony for the Department of Economics: April 25, 2014 at 4 pm.

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.

Faculty Recruitment

The Economics Department anticipates hiring two new faculty starting in Fall of 2014. The position vacancy listing for faculty recruitment can be found here: All application materials must submitted to by November 22nd, 2013 to ensure consideration.

Department Newsletter

Check-in with the department and take a look at our Fall 2013 Newsletter. You can view our newsletter archives as well.