The Economics Department

Past Features

feature:arlitt2014 Arlitt Lecture in Economics

Raj Chetty Discusses "Is America the 'Land of Opportunity?'"


feature: new learnersEarly Earners 

Sandra Black looks at the long-term effects of school starting age and family background.


feature:econimicsThe Department of Economics 

The Department of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin is nationally recognized for its research and teaching. It is the intellectual home of approximately 40 economists and 100 Ph.D. students.


feature: medicareRising to the Surface in the Medicare Part D Debate

For Eugenio Miravete, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, the seemingly messy Medicare Part D program was an ideal environment to study the economic implications of consumer learning and pricing services through menus of pricing options.  Together with researchers from Arizona State University, Cornell University, and University of Maryland, Miravete followed over half a million senior citizens’ Medicare D plan choices from 2006 to 2007.


feature: jorge atallaAlumni Spotlight: Jorge Atalla

Jorge Atalla received his B.A. in economics from The University of Texas in 1991, never guessing that 10 years later he would be accepting a very different accolade, that of Best Director. 


feature: new economistsMeet the New Economists

The Department of Economics is pleased to welcome six new faculty members who have joined our ranks beginning Fall 2011. (from left): Matthias Kehrig, Caroline Thomas, Marika Cabral, Andrew Glover, Haiqing Xu, Leigh Linden


feature: faculty profilesNew Faculty Profiles

The Department of Economics is pleased to welcome four new faculty members.


feature: econ gradsEconomic Graduates Go Back To High School

As a first generation, low income college student, UT Austin Economics alum Gorge Martinez knows how daunting the college application process can be for a high school student who lacks resources and support. Thanks to the Texas College Advising Corps, Gorge now helps students at Harlandale High School in San Antonio overcome the obstacles he once encountered in pursuing higher education.


feature:undergrad student orgUndergraduate Student Organization Fosters Engagement, Advancement and Community Spirit

TEA, a student organization sponsored by the department, has four areas of focus: professional development, community service, academic advancement, and social experience. 


feature:jasonQ & A with the Incoming Chairman: Jason Abrevaya’s Vision for the Economics Department

This September, as students return in force to the forty acres and the hectic pace of the fall semester grips the campus, the Economics Department will welcome its next leader, incoming Chairman Jason Abrevaya. 


feature: 2013 commencement2013 Commencement Address

Morton Meyerson Discusses "Surprise, Adversity, & Redemption"


 feature: 2012 commencement2012 Commencement Address

Duff Stewart, CEO of GSD&M, advises graduates on transitioning from student to graduate and beyond.


feature:2014 commencement2014 Commencement Address

Austin Ligon, co-founder and retired CEO of CarMax, delivered the 2014 Department of Economics commencement address.


feature: econ beautyBeautiful People Are Happier, Economists Find

Good-looking people are generally happier than their plain looking or unattractive counterparts, largely because of the higher salaries, other economic benefits and more successful spouses that come with beauty, according to new research from economists at The University of Texas at Austin.


feature:senior thesisSenior Thesis Prize Awarded

The Department of Economics is very pleased to announce Audrey Straus as the 2010 recipient of the newly established Senior Thesis Prize in Economics.  Ms. Straus is the inaugural recipient of this annual award and was selected for her undergraduate honors thesis, “Education, Wages, and Employment in Pancho Mateo, Dominican Republic”.


feature: research conferenceUT Students Attend Undergraduate Research Conference

UT's Economic Scholars Program is sending 29 students to attend the largest undergraduate research conference.


feature: 2011 commencementPalestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad Discusses Economics as a Way of Thinking

On May 21st, the Department of Economics was honored to welcome the Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, Salam Fayyad, as the 2011 commencement speaker. In his commencement address, Fayyad shared how economics has influenced his career and shaped his vision for Palestinian statehood.