The mission of the Department of Economics is to provide excellent graduate education in economics. As one of the largest graduate programs in economics in Northeast Ohio, the Department maintains a curriculum leading to a Master of Arts in Economics. The program emphasizes the development of theoretical and data analysis skills that can be used in the investigation of economic problems in a wide variety of settings.


Scope and Purpose:

A collection supporting the curriculum and research of the Economics Department must include the following: economic theory, monetary theory and policy, international trade and policy, comparative economic systems, money and banking, econometrics and economic statistics, natural resources and the environment, energy, industrial organization, regional economics, economic development, economic history, labor economics, law and economics, public finance theory and policy, public choice, history of economic thought, mathematical economics, consumer economics, theory of distribution, and welfare economics. Works in all these areas are required at the advanced study level. Materials acquired for support of the Department of Economics are also used by the departments of geography and planning, history, political science, and urban studies and public administration, all departments in the College of Business Administration, and the College of Law.


The Economics Department offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts; a Bachelor of Science in Labor Economics; Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics Degree (PPE); and a Master of Arts. The undergraduate programs are designed to provide the student with a background for graduate work or an entry level career position. The Bachelor of Arts in Economics has core courses in theory and quantitative methods and electives relating to career choices. The Bachelor of Science specializes in issues involving human resources from analyzing wages and labor markets to examining social policies such as health, education, and discrimination. The core courses include: labor theory and its application and quantitative and computer methods. The Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics degree integrates these three academic disciplines and is useful for the students interested in a public policy career. The graduate level program includes core courses in: macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometric theory, and applied economics. At the graduate level, students can specialize in economic development and planning, economic theory and policy, international economics, monetary and banking policy, industrial organization and public policy, urban economics, regional economic analysis, economics of the public sector, labor and industrial relations, or quantitative methods. The department offers minors in economics and labor economics, and it provides support courses for the College of Business Administration, the departments of political science and urban studies and public administration, and the certificate programs in peace studies, planning, environmental studies, Afro-American studies, and Russian and Latin American area studies.

Geographical Coverage:

Economics is an international discipline. Theoretical materials are transnational. Practical materials acquired for the collection can be concerned with any country or region of the world, including international economic issues.


With few exceptions this collection will be in English. Exceptions will be French, German, Russian, and Spanish for texts of classic studies, major authors, and specialized reference works, making up about five percent of the collection.

Period Coverage:

Historical and theoretical studies have no time restriction. Older works of major writers or that are landmarks are collected when possible. Otherwise, current imprints are acquired. Major works are retained indefinitely.

Publication Types:

Descriptive, historical, empirical, theoretical, and mathematical-statistical studies at the advanced study levels are acquired, as are specialized reference works.


Print and electronic monographs and journals are of primary importance. Instructional use of films and videotapes is infrequent, so these formats comprise less than five percent of the collection. Some computer software may be needed.

Policy Revised: 2008-11-13