Department of Economics

High quality, professional degree programs

The Department of Economics combines commitments to high-quality research and teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. An established legacy of excellence since 1935, the department has celebrated more than 80 years of service in education and developing researchers and continues its innovative practices in response to the changing world. The faculty’s research focus is on applied microeconomics and public policy with particular emphasis on the areas of health, labor, and public economics.

UNC Greensboro’s economics programs foster close interactions with students and faculty and provide opportunities for collaborative research. The Department’s faculty are highly engaged in mentoring students at all program levels and are deeply committed to teaching and scholarship. The Department’s undergraduate courses and programs prepare students for the competitive global marketplace, career and professional development, and graduate education. Its innovative graduate programs, the M.A. in Applied Economics and the Ph.D. in Economics with a focus on applied microeconomics, provide students with a mastery of advanced empirical and analytical methods so they can conduct high-quality research and contribute to the knowledge base in business, government, non-profit, and research settings.


Department Head

Dr. Anne Royalty

Professor and Department Head

Explore Diversity, Inclusion, and The Economy. Visit the Harriet Elliott Lecture Series to learn more.

Bridging research and the classroom

The Department conducts high-quality, nationally recognized research that supports its academic programs, promotes economic understanding, and fosters economic development in the community, the state, and the broader economy. As part of a Carnegie classified High-Research Activity University, economics faculty bridge research engagement with classroom instruction. The faculty is comprised of both macro-focused and micro-focused economists with a strong research core in applied economics. Faculty research activities include publications in top-tier economics and field journals, sponsored research from private and public funding agencies, and professional service activities.

The Department has been awarded over $1.7 million in sponsored research funding over the last few years alone. This winning record includes grants from the National Institute for Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Economic Development Administration (EDA) which explore unique questions relevant to today’s society and innovative research methods. Faculty and students are encouraged to participate in conferences, professional development workshops, presentations, pursue grant opportunities, and serve in research assistantships. Advanced students may participate in co-authored papers with faculty mentors.

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Exploring new ideas

Fostering a culture of collaboration and scholarship, the Economics Brown Bag Series invites faculty, students, and other researchers to present and discuss ongoing research or working papers. These projects are typically in a developmental stage, which allows for rich discussions and the exchange of new perspectives. Attendees are invited to bring their own ‘brown bag’ lunch and enjoy the fellowship of their peers, while experiencing new and influential research taking shape. Research topics span a vast array of subjects – from healthcare to environmental science, social safety nets, pay gaps, innovation, and many more.

The Economics Seminar Series is geared toward broadening professional networking opportunities and fostering collaboration among students, colleagues, and researchers in the field of economics and related areas of study. Attendees are presented with numerous research topics as guest speakers discuss published works from peer-reviewed economics or field journals.

These events provide attendees with an opportunity to hear about the outcomes and processes behind top research in a forum which welcomes questions and an open discourse. Seminars are free and open to the public.

Economics Seminars Archive

Research Spotlight

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Crossing disciplines and borders

Economics offers a unique opportunity to blend multiple areas of study in both education and research. With its balanced micro-focused and macro-focused faculty, the department engages in frequent collaborations and international partnerships. Collaborations include cross-disciplinary research teams, co-authored papers, externally sponsored grants, lectures, international travel for professional and student development, and building reciprocal relationships with institutions abroad.

  • Dr. Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Professor of Alcohol and Public Health Research at Teeside University (Middlesbrough, England) is recognized as an Adjunct Professor of Economics at UNC Greensboro.
  • The Bryan School partners with the Geary Institute for Public Policy at  University College Dublin to offer a summer study abroad excursion for undergraduate majors in economics.


Phone: (336) 256-1010

Fax: (336) 334-5580


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Mailing Address

Department of Economics
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

Physical Address

Suite 462, Bryan Building
516 Stirling Street
Greensboro, NC 27412-0001