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It's better to be roughly right than precisely wrong.

– John Maynard Keynes


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Economics Department Assistant Professor, Dr. Sucharita Ghosh, was profiled this spring in the University of Kansas, Department of Economics, Alumni newsletter, The KU Economist.  Dr. Ghosh received bother her master’s (1989) and her doctoral (1993) degrees at KU. Read KU’s profile here.

We congratulate economics department alumnus, Jeff Murphy, whoJeffMurphy2015 has been promoted to the role of Vice President at Dominion East Ohio and will lead the Ohio operations beginning April 1, 2015. Jeff earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics at the University of Akron. He began his career at the former East Ohio Gas Company in 1986 and has held a variety of positions and leadership roles. In 2008 he became Managing Director of Commercial Operations and in 2014 he became General Manager of Commercial Operations. Jeff continues to be active in guiding the course of the department as a member of the Economics Department Advisory Board.  

A PBS News Hour story on the decline of indoor shoppingAmanda Weinstein malls and the rise of e-commerce aired on Black Friday, November 28, 2014, and features Economics Department Assistant Professor Dr. Amanda Weinstein.  A video of the broadcast can be viewed here.


Economics Department undergraduates Kimberly Reitema and Justin Sedon were named the first winners of the Dilley Family Endowed Scholarship in Economics on November 15, 2014.  Kimberly is a major in the Bachelor of Science in Labor Economics program and Justin is a major in the Bachelor of Arts in Economics program.  Congratulations to both!!!!

Congratulations Morgan!!!

Congratulations to Economics Department graduate student, Morgan Nima JinanMorgan Neiss (center in photo), who won the First Place Award in the Economics Graduate Paper Competition at the Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists 74th Annual Meeting Conference held in Perrysburg, OH on September 19-20, 2014. Morgan's research paper was titled, "Does Public Transit Affect Crime? The Addition of a Bus Line in Cleveland."

Graduate students, Jinan Liu and Nima Vafai, also presented their research papers at this conference.

Congratulations Benjamin Nypaver!!!

Economics Department major Benjamin Nypaver was one of 550 students nationwide to received a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study in Guangzhou, China for the next two months.  He will be taking courses in Mandarin from Chinese instructors. Click here for the complete story.

Mitchell Upp Wins 3rd Place!

Congratulations to Economics Department student Mitchell Upp, who wonMitchell Upp Photo third place for his economic research in the poster competition held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland on May 2, 2014. Mitchell's research was titled The Relationship between Tariffs, Corruption, and Growth in Developing Countries.  The competition was sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the University of Akron Economics Department.  Mitchell was one of three students from the UA Economics Department who entered the competition along with nine other students from Ohio and western Pennsylvania colleges.  The Cleveland Fed has been partnering with the University of Akron's Department of Economics to host the competition each spring since 2009.

Spring 2014 Undergraduate Poster Exhibit

Undergraduate college students are invited to present your research in economics at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland on Friday, May 2, 2014. Federal Reserve economists, research analysts and faculty from other area institutions will review your poster exhibit to learn more about your research. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded. Learn more about participating in this event: Poster competition.

This poster exhibit is being presented by the University of Akron and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Undergraduate alumnus Michael Morell, who retired as deputy director of the CIA in 2013, is now CBS News' Senior Security Correspondent.  Mike earned his BA in Economics at the University of Akron in 1980 and began his career at the CIA as an Economic Analyst. While at the CIA he continued his education at Georgetown University earning a master's degree in economics and completing the coursework for a doctorate.

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The Dilley Family Endowed ScholarshipMr and Mrs Dilley

The Department of Economics is grateful for David and Lessia Dilley’s gift to establish  The Dilley Family Endowed Scholarship in Economics.  In 1973, David received his Bachelor  of Arts degrees in Economics and Political Science.  He serves on both the Economics Department Advisory Board and The University of Akron National Alumni Board of Directors.

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Economics Faculty Quick Reference

Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Banerjee

CAS 451



Dr. Erickson

CAS 441


Dr. Fang CAS 444 330-972-7440 zfang1@uakron.edu
Dr. Ghosh CAS 446 330-972-7549 sghosh1@uakron.edu
Mr. Mutter CAS 452 330-972-7985 jmutter@uakron.edu
Dr. Myers CAS 445 330-972-7421 myers@uakron.edu
Dr. Nelson CAS 454A 330-972-7939 nelson2@uakron.edu
Dr. Renna CAS 447 330-972-7411 frenna@uakron.edu
Dr. Weinstein CAS 450 330-972-7975 aweinstein@uakron.edu

Adjunct Teaching Faculty

Mr. Blazunas CAS 456 330-972-7546 peter.blazunas@gmail.com
Mr. Bragg CAS 456 330-972-7546 TBragg@portageco.com
Ms. Nawari CAS 453 330-972-7133 fnawari@uakron.edu
Mr. Tarr CAS 453 330-972-7133 mtarr@uakron.edu
Dr. Sheppard CAS 455 330-972-5821 shep@bright.net
Mr. Szilagyi CAS 456 330-972-7546 jcs14@zips.uakron.edu

Adjunct Research Faculty

Dr. McGuire CAS 456 mcguire@uakron.edu