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The Economics Department at the University of Oregon, located in the College of Arts and Sciences, features a dedicated group of faculty, staff and students who lead the field in current economic issues. We are also one of the fastest growing departments at the University due to the relevance of our subject matter and reputation for excellence in teaching and scholarship.

Here's what's happening in the Econ Department


Tax compression is a minus for teaching math in Oregon

Oregon’s complex property tax system sometimes adds up to problems for eighth-graders who rely heavily on teachers for shaping their skills as they enter advanced math courses.

A study led by two University of Oregon undergraduate economics students has found that math scores go down by 5 percent in the first year of Oregon’s two-year budget cycle when tax-compression rules are triggered in local school districts. The problem is the unpredictability of funding that disrupts planning and teacher assignments.

“I was stunned,” said co-author Joe Stone, professor



UO names first Frohnmayer Fellow for Oxford trip

Clark Honors College senior Rachel Grant, a double major in Japanese and economics with a minor in Asian studies, has been selected to take part in The Oregon-Oxford International Human Rights Project as the UO’s first-ever Frohnmayer Fellow.

This is the fourth year the UO will be sending students to Oxford during spring break to dig deeply into global justice and human rights alongside some of the top experts in the field. A total of 10 students are making the trip.

This year’s introduction of the Frohnmayer Fellowship, sponsored by the Office of the President, is in honor of the late


Grad Duck

Spring Commencement 2016

The Economics faculty and staff invite graduates and their guests to attend the department’s graduation ceremony and reception on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 3:00pm in the Memorial Quad. If graduates or guests need special accommodations, please notify the department at (541) 346-8845.

Be sure to complete the department’s undergraduate commencement registration form if you plan to walk in the ceremony (register by May 25th), in addition to applying for your degree on DuckWeb.  Please review your Graduation Checklist.  All Doctoral and Masters graduates should contact the main office.