About fifteen Economics departments claim to be top ten* in the world.
In that elite group, we’re the new kids. We started in 1964 by building one of the very best research departments in econometrics (two Nobel prize winners) and economic theory. Over the last few decades we’ve broadened. Our research and teaching now span behavioral economics, economic development, environmental economics, health economics, international economics, labor, law and economics, macroeconomics, public economics, and more.
In collaboration with other UCSD units we cover financial economics and political economy as well. Our active seminars, informal collegiality, interdisciplinary culture, and ample sunshine create a destination location for collaborative research.
Our mission continues to be: discover truth and educate.
UCSD Economics hosts a vibrant, cosmopolitan community of students, faculty and visiting scholars. Our students and faculty represent diverse backgrounds (79 countries in 2015/16), ethnicities, religions and identities, including many with a history of unequal treatment and disadvantage. We strive to provide a tolerant, inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.
Our courses are challenging and rigorous, but there’s a return on investment: we graduate between eight and nine hundred students a year with Bachelors’ degrees, many to great jobs and graduate school, here in California and around the world. In addition, we graduate twenty or thirty PhD students a year, who either become professors themselves or go on to interesting careers in government or the private sector.
Altogether, we’re one of the premier producers of economic “human capital” on the Pacific Rim.
Technology is transforming what happens when a child goes to school
The Economist’s July 22 cover story features work by Karthik Muralidharan
Why choose UCSD Economics?
Our graduates go on to: finance, tech, higher ed, management, real estate, CEO, consulting, legal, health care, government.
Richard Carson, in Science, on environmental damage
Effective policy decisions frequently require knowing the implicit economic value
Award Winning Teachers
Melissa Famulari, Steven Levkoff, and Grant Johnson win 2016-17 Teaching Awards
A career in Economics. it’s much more than you think
Much more than finance, banking, business and government, a degree in economics is useful to all individuals and can lead to many interesting career choices.