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.


Department economists enjoy RAGBRAI

Follow along as a team of Department of Economics faculty and an agronomist ride RAGBRAI. Along the way they get to study crops, local economies, and of course, sample the food. "Team Cyclohalic" included: Terry Alexander; Bruce Babcock & Ali Babcock; John Beghin; Dermot Hayes & Caroline Hayes; Helen Jensen; Keri Jacobs; John Miranowski & Susana Goggi (Agronomy).

Department welcomes Assistant Professor Otávio Bartalotti

The Department of Economics wishes to welcome new faculty member, Assistant Professor Otávio Bartalotti.

Bartalotti was previously an assistant professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, specializing on theoretical and applied econometrics and labor economics. His areas of research within econometrics focus on treatment identification and inference, regression discontinuity, quantile regression, missing data and nonrandom sampling. He received his PhD in economics from Michigan State University, an MS in economics from the Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil, and a BS in economics from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Contact Bartalotti at: 279 Heady Hall; (515) 294-1085; bartalot@iastate.edu.

Ask an Economist

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