Florida State University

Department Of Economics

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Ph D. Program

The economics department at Florida State University is the largest economics department in the State University System of Florida, and is the only one to be rated as “exemplary” by the most recent Board of Regents (BOR) statewide review. Students may choose from a wide range of fields: including the traditional areas of applied microeconomics, macroeconomics, international, labor, and public finance, while specializing in computational methods, experimental economics, financial economics, or public choice. The department is connected with a number of interdisciplinary centers and supports internal working groups through weekly workshops conducted throughout the year in which presentations are made by faculty, students, and invited speakers.

There are 6 Named Professors in the department, each with ties to interdisciplinary research centers.  The department admits a relatively small number of doctoral students each year, the majority of which are on departmental funding, with the focus on mentoring students through the transition from student to researcher. Our faculty work closely with our students and often produce co-authored publications. The majority of our students spend at least some time as research assistants supported by funding provided by one of the research centers, and our most promising students frequently choose to work with one of our eminent scholars as their dissertation supervisor.

DeVoe L. Moore Center

The DeVoe L. Moore Center emphasizes the study of how government rules, regulations, and programs affect the economy and individuals. Bringing the insights of economics, political science, and public administration to the study of state and local regulations is a major focus of the Center’s efforts.

Experimental Economics Group

The XS/FS Research Group consists of a diverse group of scholars at Florida State University who use experimental methods to engage in research on a wide range of topics in the Social Sciences. Topics range from how one might design charity silent auctions to an examination of preferences for voting on redistributive taxation policies to investigations on how information is transmitted through different structures for social networks.

The Hilton Center

The L. Charles Hilton Jr. Center for the Study of Economic Prosperity and Individual Opportunity focuses on research designed to enhance the understanding of how legal, social, and political institutions influence market transactions and, thus, the level of income, the rate of economic growth, and economic opportunity within and across geographic regions. Faculty and graduate students conduct research in a broad range of areas, including law and economics, public economics, public choice, industrial organization, regulation, economic geography, new institutional economics, economic history, and economic development.

Stavros Center

The Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education is a member of the National Council on Economic Education, and as a Council member, assumes responsibility for furthering economic education both in schools and among community groups in its service area. The Center is also involved in research on the measurement of economic freedom and the analysis of how economic freedom affects income, growth, and other dimensions of economic performance.

The Pepper Center

The Pepper Center is concerned with the study of retirement, pensions, inequality, long term care, assisted living, technology and aging, dementia and care-giving, education and achievement, well-being, life satisfaction, the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on families and communities, intergenerational relations, Social Security and health and aging.

Macroeconomics Working Group

The Macroeconomics working group meets regularly to discuss research topics in a wide range of sub-disciplines that include: monetary theory and policy, macro-labor, financial economics, international trade and finance, and economic growth and development. Emphasis is given to the latest developments in theory, time series econometrics, and computational methods. Students are encouraged to present original research in a workshop setting to obtain critical overviews of their work as they progress toward completion of their PhD dissertation.

Population Center

The mission of the Center for Demography and Population Health is to coordinate and conduct demographic and population health research and training throughout the university by bringing together faculty and students from various academic departments and programs who are working in these areas.