Congratulations to our alumni Isabel Ruis and Carlos Vargas-Silva (Ph.D. 2006) for their recent publication in the most prestigious economics journal: Ruiz, Isabel, and Carlos Vargas-Silva. 2015. "The Labor Market Impacts of Forced Migration." American Economic Review, 105(5): 581-86.


The Department of Economics at Western Michigan University plays a major role in enhancing basic economic understanding on campus in economics programs and through its inclusion in the curricula of other programs such as business, engineering and general education.

At the undergraduate level, the department offers both a major and minor that equip students for employment or for further professional study.

At the graduate level, the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees prepare students for careers as professional economists in both academic and nonacademic settings.