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UNCG Economics faculty research earns high national ranking

Photo of Bryan BuildingUNCG’s Department of Economics, housed in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, has been ranked as one of the nation’s best for faculty-published economic research.

The department is ranked No. 7 in the nation for research on innovation, securing the top spot among economics departments at public universities. The department ranked No. 6 in the research field of program evaluation (third among public universities) and No. 7 in the nation for research on entrepreneurship.

The rankings are based on citation counts from the Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) ranking database, which is hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

“I’m proud of the research conducted by economists in the Bryan School. These rankings are a testament to the commitment of our faculty,” said Dr. Jeremy Bray, chair of the department. “I’m particularly proud that we rank so highly in applied research fields that have tangible benefits for our students, businesses and organizations. The knowledge our faculty imparts helps create exceptional problem solvers who can tackle issues innovatively, ethically, globally and sustainably.”

UNCG’s Department of Economics uses an integrated curriculum of theory and application to prepare students to model and analyze large complex data sets. The department offers a bachelor’s and doctoral degree in economics, and a master’s degree in applied economics.

“Innovation is a critical part of our mission in the Bryan School, and this demonstrates how the economics department is aiding us in achieving that aspect of our mission,” said Bryan School Dean McRae C. Banks. “Additionally, because UNCG’s master’s and doctoral programs in economics have an applied, rather than theoretical, focus, program evaluation research is essential to be able to demonstrate that we deliver on what we say we do.”

By Lanita Withers Goins
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