Welcome to the Economic Sciences Department

The Department of Economic Sciences provides research and teaching in two broad areas: Applied Microeconomics (which features Crime & Law Economics; Behavioral, Experimental, and Neuro Economics) and International Economics and Development Policy.

Our research is intended to be innovative and on the leading edges of our areas of specialization. Our faculty includes scholars who are widely acknowledged as world experts and leaders in their fields. They have a large number of published research papers that have appeared in top core and field journals and are heavily cited.

Our research has made notable contributions to the design and evaluation of economic policies at the local, national, and international levels. The applied microeconomics concentration emphasizes behavioral economics, data analysis, and policy. The international economics and development policy field focuses on contemporary issues, such as currency crises.

Together with the Politics and Policy department, we also offer an interfield PhD in Political Science & Economics.

Our MA and PhD programs emphasize rigorous training in theory, research methods, and application. In addition, we have adopted an apprentice/experienced practitioner educational model to prepare our students for their subsequent careers. We firmly believe that our students are best served by receiving close and personalized mentorship from our internationally recognized faculty. Indeed, many of the skills needed to succeed in a competitive and fast changing world will be learned at CGU by way of observation, experimentation, and learning by doing.

Our educational model offers our students research experience by involving them in projects that require problem solving and the application of analytical skills as well as the ability to effectively collaborate as a member of a research team, including the ultimate publication of the findings. Students have been trained for careers in academia, government, and the private sector.


Masters Programs
Doctoral Programs



Core Faculty
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Graham Bird

Clinical Professor of Economic Sciences
Program Director: International Money and Finance; International Economics and Development Policy
Co-Director: Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies

Research Interests

International Finance, International Macroeconomics, Economic Development

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C. Mónica Capra

Professor of Economic Sciences

Research Interests

Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics, Neuroeconomics

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Gregory DeAngelo

Associate Professor of Economic Sciences
Director, Computational Justice Lab

Research Interests

Law, Political Economy, Public Choice

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Robert Klitgaard

University Professor

Research Interests

Public Policy, Economic Strategy, Institutional Reform, Corruption

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Tom Kniesner

Senior Research Fellow

Research Interests

Labor Economics, Health Economics, Econometrics

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Joshua Tasoff

Associate Professor of Economic Sciences

Research Interests

Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics, Animal Welfare Economics

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Thomas Willett

Professor Emeritus
Director, Claremont Institute for Economic Studies

Research Interests

International Money and Finance, International Political Economy and Economic Policy


Students & Alumni

Each year we enroll about 10 masters and 20 doctoral students. About 45% of our students come from outside the US, including the following countries of origin:

Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)
Nigeria (Enugu)


Central and South America

East and South Asia
China (Gansu, Guangdong, Hebei, Henan, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Sichuan, Yunnan)
Hong Kong
India (Kalyan, New Delhi, Sonepat)
Indonesia (Jakarta, Surabaya)
Korea (North Gyeongsang, Gangwon, Seoul)
Thailand (Bangkok, Nonthaburi)

Italy (Alessandria)

Middle East
Saudi Arabia

North America
Mexico (Baja California, México, D. F.)
United States (AZ, CA, HI, MS, NJ, OH, PR)


Economics Fellowships

Our Masters and PhD students are eligible for annual awards that recognize academic excellence and promise. Here are some of the Fellowships and Awards we offer to our students.


Alumni Placements

Our alumni take different career paths. Some become academics, others build a career in the private sector and government. One of our graduates served as US Secretary of the Treasury. Recent alumni placements include:

Bank of Korea
Economist, Korea

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Professor of Economics, Pomona, CA

California State University at San Marcos
Assistant Professor of Economics, San Marcos, CA

Central Bank of Indonesia
Economist, Indonesia

Central Bank of Tanzania
Deputy Governor, Dodoma

Central University of Economics and Finance
Associate Professor of Finance

Comcast Cable
Principal Data Scientist, Philadelphia, PA

Indian Statistical Institute
Professor of Economics, India

Ivey Business School – Univ. Western Ontario
Assistant Professor of Economics, Canada

Loyola Marymount University
Clinical Assistant Professor of Economics

National Chung-Hsing University
Associate Professor of Public Policy, Taiwan

National University of Singapore
Professor of Economics, Singapore

Pepperdine University
Associate Professor of Finance

Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Economist, London, United Kingdom

Saudia Arabia Ministry of Finance and Economy
Senior Policy Specialist, Saudi Arabia

Sultan Qaboos University
Professor of Economics, Oman

Thai Finance Ministry
Director General – Revenue Department, Thailand

UBS (New York)
Quantitative Economist

University of Wisconsin
Associate Professor of Economics, Whitewater , WI

Western Washington University
Associate Professor of Economics, Burlington, WA

Yonsei University
Professor of Economics, Korea

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