2023 Economics Scholarship Recipients

As the 2022-2023 school year is coming to a close, let's take a moment to congratulate all of the amazing students who received Economics Department scholarships! The James Harvey Dodd Award: Boramy Meng The Henry W. Hewetson Economics Award: Jason Mueller The Adam Smith Award: Jason Mueller Richard George Allgaier Scholarship: Jarad Ponce Congratulations to all of the recipients! … [Read more...]

Econ Major Presents Research at IPE Conference

Special shoutout to economics major Ravi who got the opportunity to present his research on The Effect of State Income On the Supply of Primary Care services at the recent IPE Conference! His study was done in ECON 490, an independent research class required for all Economics majors, taught by Professor Dhar who also accompanied him on the trip as a faculty advisor. Congratulations Ravi! … [Read more...]

Rycroft Co-authors Book on Income Inequality

Dr. Rycroft recently had his book that he co-authored on Income Inequality in America published! His book highlights the increasing problem of uneven wealth distribution in America. Despite the United States being considered a prosperous nation, many still struggle and live in poverty. Dr. Rycroft's book is a very important topic that needs to continue being discussed and it is certainly worth a read. Congratulations Dr. Rycroft on having your new book published, and thank you for bringing one of America's most pressing issues to light!   … [Read more...]

Dr. Dhar Presents at Southern Economic Association Conference

This past November, our very own Dr. Dhar attended the 92nd annual meeting for the Southern Economic Association. Many accomplished economic scholars from all over the world traveled to this conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to present findings from their own economic research. Dr. Dhar presented her research on Social Openness and Capital Flows. Congratulations Dr. Dhar!   … [Read more...]

On October 21st, a group of eight students from the Economics department, Dillon Durocher, Tara Fitzgerald, Paige Harrington, Matthew McGlynn, Jason Mueller, Dana Smith, Peter Smith, and Shane Stutton with Dr. Amrita Dhar, Associate Professor of Economics at UMW, attended the 16th Annual Economics Scholars Program Conference for Undergraduate Research at the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank. It is one of the largest undergraduate conference nation-wide with a strict criteria for selection of research papers. The students presented their research work, served as discussants and peer reviewers for other research papers. This was all of the students’ first time presenting research to peers outside of UMW. “The conference was a good introduction to the world of professional research in a friendly and low pressure environment,” Dillion says. In addition to presenting and getting feedback, the conference also allowed students to interact and network with undergraduates at universities all … [Read more...]


Dr. Dhar at the MEA Conference

On Friday, 3/25, Dr. Dhar presented her paper titled “State Higher Education Funding and Preferences for K-12 Equalization” at the Midwest Economics Association (MEA) Conference. Dr. Dhar was also chairing a session on Saturday at the MEA conference. Go Dr. Dhar! … [Read more...]

Economics Department’s 2022 Scholarship & Award Recipients

Please help us congratulate all the Economics Department’s 2022 scholarship and award recipients! The James Harvey Dodd Award: Jarad Ponce Richard George Allgaier Scholarship: Alexandra Diviney Fred E. Miller Memorial Scholarship: Dana Smith The Adam Smith Award for Graduate Study in Economics: Dillon Durocher The Henry W. Hewetson Economics Award: Kevin Cruz … [Read more...]

Mini-Economy:Creating a Memorable Classroom Experience

The Center for Economic Education at UMW and George Mason University are introducing a program called “Mini-Economy: Creating A Memorable Classroom Experience” This event will be held on the University of Mary Washington Stafford Campus. Registration is free of charge and this event is open to all 3rd through middle school educators.Program Overview:The Mini-Economy is an experience-based program used to teach entrepreneurship, economics, and government. Students immerse themselves in a classroom economy: applying for jobs, running businesses, paying taxes, making investments. Your students will master essential economic principles while getting cross-curricular exposure to math, reading, and writing. On top of invaluable teamwork and negotiation skills, students learn their role in the global marketplace.You can learn more & register by clicking the link below: https://vcee.org/.../mini-economy-creating-a-memorable.../.   … [Read more...]

2022 Giving Day Results!

UMW and the Economics department would like to thank all of our donors for contributing to such a successful Giving Day. The University of Mary Washington raised $622,711 from 2,598 gifts, while the College of Arts and Sciences raised $127,188 from 595 gifts. Our very own Economics department placed 4th in the College of Arts and Sciences, raising $6,000 from 39 gifts. We thank you all for donating and contributing to our departments goals! … [Read more...]

Spring 2022 Faculty Office Hours

Listed below are the economics faculty office hours for the Spring 2022 semester: Dr. Dhar, Room 104: Tuesday 1:00-3:00 (in person), Wednesday 11:30-12:30 (Zoom for 201B-02), 12:30-1:30 (Zoom for 201B-03), Thursday 1:00-2:00 (in person). Dr. Hansen, Room 203: Monday/Wednesday 1:00-2:00, 3:00-4:00, Friday 1:00-2:00. Dr. Lee, Room 204: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 2:00-4:00 by appointment. Dr. Ray, Room 109: Varies for each class, please check your course syllabus for specific office hours. Dr. Rycroft, Room 205 and Woodard 247: 10:00-10:50 in Woodard 247, or by appointment. Dr. Humphrey, Room 202: Tuesday/Thursday 10:00-11:00, Wednesday/Friday 4:00-5:00, or by appointment. Instructor Schilling, Room B04: Wednesday/Friday 1:00-3:00. … [Read more...]