Welcome to the Department of Economics at Iowa State University. We provide the intellectual home to a set of dedicated and talented faculty, motivated and extremely capable staff, and a diverse group of enthusiastic undergraduate and graduate students.

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What is Economics?

Economics is the study of what individuals, institutions, and economic systems do, or should do, as they deal with the problem of satisfying virtually unlimited wants with scarce resources. Economics deals with choices and optimization, typically embedded in a market system where the notion of equilibrium is essential and where prices play a crucial role. Economics provides a logical and ordered way of looking at a wide variety of issues, and the principles of economics are finding growing applicability in a number of fields. An  understanding of economic concepts can provide substantial personal and social benefits.


Welcome new graduate students!

Welcome to our latest group of graduate students, entering the department for the 2014-2015 school year!

Department welcomes Assistant Professor David Keiser

The department wishes to welcome Assistant Professor David Keiser.

Keiser is a recent graduate of Yale University, where he received his PhD in environmental and natural resource economics. His research brings recent advances in empirical methods and integrated assessment models to bear on environmental policy design and evaluation. To date, his work has focused on the economics of water quality in the US. Prior to graduate school, Keiser worked as an environmental litigation consultant in Washington, DC. He also holds a BA in mathematics and religious studies from the University of Virginia and an MS in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Georgia.

Contact Keiser at:468F Heady Hall,(515) 294-1336, dkeiser@iastate.edu.

Upcoming Seminars

  • Paul Milgrom (Stanford University), Department Seminar, Wed, Jan 14, 2015 4:10 pm - 5:30 pm, 368A Heady Hall
  • Tracy Turner (Kansas State University), Department Seminar, Fri, Jan 16, 2015 3:40 am - 5:00 pm, 368A Heady Hall
  • Lint Barrage (University of Maryland, College Park), Department Seminar, Fri, Mar 6, 2015 3:40 pm - 5:00 pm, 368A Heady Hall
  • Dominique van der Mensbrugghe (Purdue University and GTAP), EPSCoR Energy Policy Seminar, Mon, Mar 9, 2015 3:40 pm - 5:00 pm, 1344 Howe Hall
  • Peter Klibanoff (Northwestern University), Department Seminar, Wed, Mar 11, 2015 4:10 pm - 5:30 pm, 368A Heady Hall

Ask an Economist

Consider the possibilities of a graduate degree in economics. Read student stories here.