SMU Department of Economics


Economics is the science which studies how individuals, governments, firms and nations make choices on allocating scarce resources to create value in society.


Economics at SMU

The Department of Economics at Southern Methodist University is highly ranked among economics departments in the United States and offers comprehensive coverage of the major fields in modern economics. In the latest (2006) study of 118 PhD granting economics departments in the US by the National Research Council, our department had a mean rank of 11 in research productivity per faculty.

Economics is the most popular undergraduate major in Dedman College and is generally the second largest major in the university. The undergraduate program in Economics emphasizes rigorous education in modern methods of economic analysis.

The department has been at the forefront of graduate education at SMU. The Ph.D. program in Economics is over 55 years old and was the first Ph.D. program in the university. It has a strong national reputation and an excellent placement record in both academic and non-academic positions.

We also offer multiple Master’s degrees that emphasize strong training in quantitative techniques of economic and econometric analysis and are geared towards business and government professionals.

The department is located in the third floor of the Umphrey Lee Center.

What's New?

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    Fall 2017

    Faculty News

    Welcome New Faculty


    The Economics Department welcomes three new faculty members to its ranks. Director of the SMU Economics Center and Lecturer Cullum Clark, Assistant Professor Rocio Madera and Assistant Professor Nathaniel Pattison.

  • Fall 2017

    Faculty News

    Elira Kuka appointed to the National Bureau of Economic Research


    The NBER has appointed Elira Kuka as a faculty research fellow. Read more.

  • Fall 2017

    Faculty News

    James Lake receives Mangum Award


    Assistant Professor James Lake has received the 2017 Mangum Award for Teaching Excellence. Read more.