Department of Economics
The Department of Economics is committed to providing students, at both the graduate and undergraduate level, the opportunity to develop the skills to critically analyze economic data, to better understand and evaluate policies in both the private and public sectors, and to contribute more broadly to the betterment of society, both locally and globally.
Faculty are actively engaged in quantitative research that help better the understanding of the operation of the economy. That research includes the impact of government tax, transfer, trade and regulatory policies on economic development and well-being at the individual, household, firm, and macroeconomic levels.
The Department of Economics houses the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), an applied economic research center focused on providing economic analysis and information to Kentucky’s decision makers, the Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR), a federally-funded cross-disciplinary center providing research to inform evidence-based policy on poverty and inequality in the United States and the Kentucky Research Data Center (KRDC), which serves to expand the data infrastructure available to qualified scholars and students with approved projects by providing access to restricted individual and firm-level data from participating federal statistical agencies. The department is affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise (ISFE), which is dedicated to understanding the role that markets play in the economy and in society.