Leading the way in research and instruction

Whether teaching undergraduates the core principles of economics or conducting cutting-edge econometric research, the Tippie Department of Economics has an impact on thousands of students at the University of Iowa.

Academic programs

Economics Major

Economics majors choose one of three focused tracks and take a set of courses that teach how to use economic thinking to make better business and policy decisions.

BA/BS in Economics

Economics courses for these College of Liberal Arts & Sciences degrees are taught by Tippie faculty. The BA incorporates economic theory, mathematical tools, and applications, while the BS emphasizes the development of analytical skills.

PhD in Economics

Designed to prepare students to conduct research in economics.

# 1

College for econ majors in Iowa

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$ 53,000

Average starting salary for econ grads

Class of 2020

93 %

Econ alums employed or in grad school

within 6 months of graduation, 2020

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Economics faculty

The Tippie Department of Economics is highly respected for the lectures and seminars presented throughout the year to faculty and students.

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Department research

From microeconomic theory to econometrics, Tippie’s experts are publishing salient research that covers the scope of the economics landscape.

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Amrita Nain

Clarence Tow Lectures in Economics

The Clarence Tow Lectures are an on-campus series that cover a variety of economic concepts presented by scholars from around the country.

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Recent news

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Fed expected to impose another major rate hike, intensifying inflation fight

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Max Zahn | ABC News
Tippie's Anne Villamil speaks to ABC News about how the approach risks tipping the U.S. into a recession and putting millions out of work.
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Record inflation means uncertainty as the holiday shopping season looms

Monday, October 31, 2022
Matt Kelley | Radio Iowa
Anne Villamil, an economics professor at the University of Iowa, says many retailers are worried that increased costs will force consumers to limit their gift-giving.
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Inflated candy prices are what's scary this Halloween

Friday, October 28, 2022
Linh Ta | Axios Des Moines
If you're passing out candy this Beggars Night, expect to see extra-inflated candy prices, said Anne Villamil, an economics professor at the University of Iowa.

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Economics Department
S252 Pappajohn Business Building
319-335-0829

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