Applied Economics

Students studying economics at UC Merced have the opportunity to participate in research projects that answer compelling questions.

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UC Merced professors take pride in getting to know students, striving to make a better learning environment and offering opportunities for mentorship.

Department News

Professor Justin Cook's work on the effects of genetic diversity in high schools highlighted.

Professor Andrew Johnston's work on Unemployment Insurance and the labor supply is forthcoming in the Journal of Political Economy.

Lecturer Mark Harris discusses free speech in the Merced Sun Star

LPSOE Justin Hicks is helping promote entrepreneurship among UC Merced students as a faculty contributor to the UC Merced Venture Lab.



Welcome to the economics program at the University of California, Merced.

  • UC Merced is creating a dynamic, research-focused economics program. We emphasize applied research and publish in the top academic journals in our fields. This year, we are pleased to add Professors Laura Giuliano and Jeffrey Butler to our ambitious and diverse faculty.
  • UC Merced has an undergraduate degree track designed to accommodate various interests and career objectives in Economics and Management. Students can choose one of two Majors: a B.A. in Economics or a B.S. in Management and Business Economics. Alternatively, students can choose to Minor in either program. Each member of the faculty teaches undergraduate courses, and many of our courses are taught by professors who have won acclaim for their teaching.


Our Students

Students majoring in Economics at UC Merced have gone on to do impressive things. For example:

David Do, a 2009 graduate, is Director of Washington, D.C.'s Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs.

Brandon Ruscoe was honored as one of Merced's "20 under 40" rising stars 

Nick Fong served as a University Innovation Fellow.