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

Zippia.com, 2016

$ 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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Economists describe uncertain times as risk of recession looms

Friday, July 15, 2022
Michael Crumb | Business Record
The Business Record hosted a virtual economic panel discussion Thursday, a day after a new report showed inflation at 9.1% compared with a year ago. Participating in the conversation were Peter Orazem, a professor of economics at Iowa State University, and Anne Villamil, an economics professor at the University of Iowa.
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What should you know about inflation? University of Iowa economics professor explains cause, effect

Monday, July 11, 2022
Kate Perez | Iowa City Press-Citizen
With inflation prevalent in Iowans' lives, the Press-Citizen talked to Professor Anne Villamil about what to know regarding inflation and when prices may drop again.
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Iowans could soon feel the impacts from the nationwide tampon shortages

Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Skylar Tallal | KGAN
Another nationwide shortage is leaving shelves bare of another essential item, tampons. “The other thing that has been happening is related to the pandemic," says Anne Villamil and economics professor at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. "We’ve had tremendous supply chain problems.”

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Economics Department
S252 Pappajohn Business Building

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