Welcome to the Economic Sciences Department

The newly renamed Department of Economic Sciences provides research and teaching in two broad areas: Applied Microeconomics, which features behavioral economics and includes health economics, public economics, and economic evaluation; and International Money and Finance.

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 money and financial economics concentration focuses on contemporary issues, such as currency crises.

Together with the International Studies department, we also offer a field of concentration in international economic and development policy as well as 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.

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Tom Kniesner

University Professor
Chair, Department of Economic Sciences


Masters Programs
Doctoral Programs



Core Faculty
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Graham Bird

Clinical Professor of Economic Sciences

Research Interests

International finance, international macroeconomics, economic development

C. Mónica Capra profile image

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

Research Interests

Public safety, Political economy, Public choice, Experimental/Behavior

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Deborah Freund

University Professor

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Robert Klitgaard

University Professor

Research Interests

Public policy, Economic strategy, Institutional reform, Corruption

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Tom Kniesner

University Professor
Chair, Department of Economic Sciences

Research Interests

Labor economics, Health economics, Econometrics

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Joshua Tasoff

Associate Professor of Economic Sciences

Research Interests

Behavioral economics, experimental economics, microbial economics

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Thomas Willett

Horton Professor of Economics
Director, Claremont Institute for Economic Studies

Research Interests

International money and finance
Political economy of economic policy

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Paul J. Zak

Professor of Economic Sciences, Psychology & Management
Director, Center for Neuroeconomics Studies

Research Interests

Neuroeconomics, Neuroscience of narratives, Neuromanagement


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.

  • Friends of American Institute of Economic Research
    The award supports students seeking a higher degree in Economic Sciences.
  • The Lewis W. Snider Single Parent Fellowship
    Supports full-time students who are single parents.
  • DPE Board of Advisors Outstanding Scholar Fund
    The scholarship helps retain high-quality students and recognizes academic excellence.
  • Research Assistant Award
    Recognizes those students that excelled as research assistants.
  • Teaching Assistant Award
    Recognizes those students who excelled as teaching assistants.


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:

Stitch Labs
Data Analyst, San Francisco, CA

Ernst & Young
Analyst, Los Angeles, CA

Michigan State
Economics PhD Student, East Lansing, MI

Data Scientist, Philadelphia, PA

Results Washington
Director, Olympia, WA

Toyota Motors
Senior Analyst, Los Angeles, CA

Resources for the Future
Postdoctoral Researcher, Washington, DC

Samsung Economic Institute
Senior Researcher, South Korea

Eckerd College
Assistant Professor of Economics, St. Petersburg, FL

Indian Statistical Institute
Professor of Economics, India

Harvard Law School
Manager Empirical Research Center, Boston, MA

ALG, TrueCar
Vice President, Data Analytics, Santa Barbara, CA

Sony Interactive Entertainment
Manager, Market Research, San Francisco, CA

Oxford University
Postdoctoral Candidate in Behavioral Economics, United Kingdom

Kansai Gaidai University
Assistant Professor of Economics, Japan

Ministry of Finance
Fiscal Policy Office, Thailand

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

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

California State University at Sonoma
Assistant Professor of Economics, Rohnert Park, CA

Pepperdine University
Assistant Professor of Finance, Malibu, CA

University of California, Riverside
Assistant Professor of Finance, Riverside, CA

Whittier College
Assistant Professor of Economics, Whittier, CA

Central University of Finance and Economics
Assistant Professor of Economics, Beijing, China

Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority
Economist, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Akita International University, Japan
Assistant Professor of Economics, Akita, Japan

Central Bank of Guatemala
Economist, Guatemala

Central Bank of Indonesia
Economist, Indonesia

World Bank
Economics, Washington D.C.

University of Massachusetts, Boston
Assistant Professor of Economics, Boston, Massachusetts

Chapman University
Assistant Professor of Economics, Orange, CA

Samsung Securities
Investment Analyst, South Korea

Ministry of Economy and Planning, Saudi Arabia
Economist, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Economist, London, United Kingdom

Finance Ministry of Thailand
Economist, Thailand

SAB Holdings
Investment Consultant, China

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