Final Exam Schedule

Click here to view the Final Exam Schedule for the Fall 2018 Semester. … [Read more...]

2018 Giving Day results

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Economics Department during the second annual #MaryWashDay Giving Day! The Economics Department placed 4th in the College of Arts and Sciences for number of participants. Thanks to your continued support the UMW Economics Department can help fund trips to Undergraduate Conferences and other formative educational experiences for their dedicated students! … [Read more...]

Fall 2018 Office Hours

Welcome back to school UMW! Here are the office hours for the fall semester*: Steven Greenlaw (Room 201) - MWF: 9:50-10:50am Bradley Hansen (Room 203) - MW: 12-1pm  F: 10-11am, 12-1pm, and 3-4pm Margaret Ray (Room 109) - MW: 11:30-2pm Robert Rycroft (Room 205) - MTWF: 2-3pm TR: 11-11:45am Don Lee (Room 204) - MWF: 2-4pm Amrita Dhar (Room 104) - W: 11-2pm  TTR: 3:30-4:30pm Tim Schilling (Room B04) - TTR: 12:30-1:45pm Shawn Humphrey (Room 202) - TTR: 4:45-6pm *Other times are available by appointment … [Read more...]

Join Economic’s Dr. Dhar and Political Science’s Dr. Gupta Event Recognizing the Ten Year Anniversary of the Great Financial Crisis

Event's to Recognize the Ten Year Anniversary: Date, Time:                                       Event:                                                         Location: Oct. 10, 4pm                               Movie 1 (Big Short)                          HCC Digital Auditorium Oct. 23rd, 5:30pm                    Public Lecture by Dr. Schwartz      Trinkle 204 Nov. 7th, 4pm                           Movie 2 (Meltdown)                          Monroe 116 Click here for more information: Movies info Speaker … [Read more...]

Theo Zotos wins James Harvey Dodd Award

Congratulations to Senior Theodosious Zotos on winning the James Harvey Dodd Award. The award is given to rising senior economics major who shows academic promise, is interested in graduate study in economics, and is eligible for financial aid. The recipient is chosen by the economics faculty. The funding for the award comes from a generous gift from an anonymous donor.(Prior to 1992, the recipient was a graduating senior economics major planning on attending graduate school in economics.) … [Read more...]

Rycroft Wins Independent Publisher Book Award

Congratulations Dr. Rycroft! UMW Economics Professor Robert S. Rycroft has won a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award for The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty. The two-set encyclopedia released last May was awarded a bronze medal in the reference category. “I wanted to address the wide range of issues that have influenced, currently influence and will influence the way the middle class see the world,” Rycroft said of his winning book. Those issues include economics, labor, education, housing, politics, public policy, health, crime, norms and culture. Robert S. Rycroft has won a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award for The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty. (Norm Shafer).“It is not a textbook. Rather it is a reference book likely to be found in many libraries’ reference sections as an aid to students doing research in the general area of the American middle class,” Rycroft said. “Putting the book … [Read more...]

Seven Students Attend Economics Scholar Program at the Dallas Fed

Congrats to all our econ majors that just came back from Dallas, Texas! Seven students attended the Dallas Federal Undergraduate Research Conference. Three presented research, three attended the poster board session, and one attended as a discussant. There they were able to network with influential people at the Dallas FED in addition to meeting other students from all around the country.  They spent the entire day on Friday presenting and listening to presentations. Presenters Allison Jakubek: Title: Take me out to the Ball Game? The Effect of Crime on Major League Baseball Game Attendance Major League Baseball attendance has been examined since the league’s establishment in 1869. Winning percentage, opponent quality, and stadium quality have all been deemed significant determinants of increasing attendance, but deterring factors have yet to be closely examined. Since a majority of professional sports stadiums are constructed in economically poor, crime ridden areas, it … [Read more...]

Phi Beta Kappa Hosts Visiting Scholar Lydia Liu

UMW’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Kappa of Virginia, and the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication are pleased to announce this year’s annual Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lydia H. Liu. Professor Liu is a theorist of media and translation, a professor of comparative literature, and a bilingual writer in Chinese and English. She is Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, director of Columbia’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and founding director of the Tsinghua-Columbia Center for Translingual and Transcultural Studies at Tsinghua University, Beijing. Her publications include The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making; Translingual Practice: Literature, National Culture, and Translated Modernity; and, more recently, The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory (co-editor/co-translator). As a creative writer in Chinese, she is the author of The Nesbit Code, a mock detective story. Professor … [Read more...]

Congratulations Dr. Rycroft!

Professor of Economics Professor Robert Rycroft recently had a book published: The Economics of Inequality, Discrimination, Poverty and Mobility, 2nd Edition, Routledge. Description: If there was any question before, there is no longer a question today: inequality, discrimination, poverty, and mobility are prominent national issues. The notion of "The American Dream" has been sold to generations of young Americans as the idea that working hard and following your dreams will allow you to break through any barriers in your path and inevitably lead to success. However, recent findings on inequality, discrimination, poverty, and mobility show that "The American Reality" is very different. … [Read more...]

Dr. Ray receives the Waple Professorship Award!

Congratulations Dr. Ray for being one of the UMW faculty to receive the Waple Professorship Award for her project " Supporting Student Success in Introductory Economics Courses".  This award was named after UMW alum Shirley Van Epps Waple 52', the professorship honors excellence in teaching, research and scholarship across various disciplines at the university. The award will provide Dr. Ray a chance to produce new, vital knowledge for the economics department. … [Read more...]