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2016-2017 General Catalog 
2016-2017 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics (Graduate Program)


For information regarding the UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM, click here.  

Program Overview

The Department of Economics has 15 full-time faculty members actively engaged in research, nine of whom have been awarded named professorships in recognition of their excellence in research and teaching. In addition, the Journal of Labor Research is edited within the department. The Department of Economics also houses the Economics and Policy Research Group, which among other functions publishes the annual Louisiana Economic Outlook.

The graduate program in economics provides students with a strong foundation in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and econometrics. To complement the general theory sequence, the department offers areas for specialization that include econometrics, advanced macroeconomics, and applied microeconomics. The advanced macroeconomics field consists of courses selected from economic growth, advanced macroeconomic topics, international macroeconomics, and monetary economics. The applied microeconomics field consists of courses selected from health economics, labor economics, public economics, and game theory.


Robert J. Newman, Chair
Bulent Unel, Director of Graduate Studies
TELEPHONE 225-578-5211
FAX 225-578-3807


Applicants for graduate studies in Economics must meet the requirements for admission to the Graduate School and be accepted by the Department of Economics. Detailed information can be found at the Graduate School website, under the Prospective Students link. Note that the LSU Graduate School Requirements, in addition to the ones specific to the Department of Economics described in the next paragraph, are only for consideration and do not guarantee admission.

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, students should have completed undergraduate courses in calculus, statistics, and intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics before entering either the MS or PhD programs. It would be preferable for students interested in pursuing the PhD degree to take at least a year of calculus, a linear algebra course, probability, and statistics.

Non-economic majors with strong academic records and the requisite math and statistics background are encouraged to apply. However, individuals with these qualifications will be required to work through intermediate macroeconomics and microeconomics textbooks on their own by the end of the summer preceding entry into the PhD program. A list of suitable textbooks will be supplied by the department.

The department also requires three letters of recommendation. We do not require writing samples.

Financial Assistance

All PhD students, both domestic and international, including entering graduate students, are eligible to apply for assistantships. A full-time (20 hours/week) graduate student assistant currently receives a stipend of $18,000 per academic year, and is also provided a full tuition waiver. Students holding assistantships are expected to assist the faculty in their research and teaching for a maximum of 20 hours per week. Teaching assistantships, which involve teaching an entire section, are available to those advanced graduate students who have successfully passed the PhD qualifying exams.

Graduate School Supplemental Awards are sometimes available to outstanding graduate students entering the PhD program. These awards range from $1,000 to $3,000 per year and are generally renewable for a maximum of four years. A minimum GPA of 3.0 every semester is required to retain the award. Summer stipends for teaching or research have been available in the past and will be available in the future, but their number varies from summer to summer.

Graduate Faculty

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Thomas R. Beard (EM) • Monetary economics
Louis-Philippe Beland (6A) • Labor economics, public policy, political economy, economics of education

Daniel A. Brent (6A) Environmental Economics; Water Resource Economics
William F. Campbell (EM) • History of economic thought
Areendam Chanda (M) • Macroeconomics
Briggs Depew (6A) • Labor economics, health economics, U.S. economic history
David E. Dismukes (M) • Energy Economics
Ozkan Eren (6A) • Applied Microeconomics, labor economics; Editor, Journal of Labor Research
R. Carter Hill (M) • Econometrics
Faik A. Koray (M) • Macroeconomics, international economics
W. Douglas McMillin (M) • Monetary economics, macroeconomics
Naci Mocan (M) • Labor economics, health economics; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
Robert J. Newman (M) • Labor economics; Editor, Journal of Labor Research
Seunghwa Rho (6A) • Econometrics
James A. Richardson (M) • State and local taxation, forecasting, energy economics

Loren C. Scott (EM) • Labor economics
M. Dek Terrell (M) • Econometrics, Bayesian econometrics, applied time series
Bulent Unel (M) •  Trade and productivity, economic growth, labor economics, welfare economics
Fang Yang (6A) • Macroeconomics, consumption and saving

Selected Faculty Publications


Louis-Philippe Beland, “Political Parties and Labor-Market Outcomes: Evidence from US States,” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2015. 

Daniel A. Brent, “Social Comparison, Household Water Use and Participation in Utility Conservation Programs: Evidence from Three Randomized Trials,” Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 2015, with J. Cook and S. Olsen.

Areendam Chanda, “Persistence of Fortune: Accounting for Population Movements, There was No Post-Columbian Reversal,” American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2014, with Justin Cook and Louis Putterman.                                                                                                                                   
Briggs Depew, “The elasticity of labor supply to the firm over the business cycle,” Labour Economics, 2013, with Todd A. Sorensen.                                     
Ozkan Eren, “The Effect of Teacher Gender on Student Achievement in Primary School: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment,” Journal of Labor Economics, 2015, with Heather Antecol and Serkan Ozbeklik.
R. Carter Hill, Repayment performance in group lending: Evidence from Jordan,”  Journal of Development Economics, 2012, with Moh’d Al-Azzam & Sudipta Sarangi.
Faik A. Koray, Nonlinear Growth Effects of Taxation: A Semi-Parametric Approach Using Average Marginal Tax Rates,” Journal of Applied Econometrics, 2013, with K. P. Arin, M. Berlemann, and T. Kuhlenkasper .
W. Douglas McMillin, Bernanke vs. Taylor: A Post Mortem,”Applied Economics, 2015, with James S. Fackler.
Naci Mocan, Vengeance,”Review of Economics and Statistics, 2013.
Robert J. Newman, “Academic Pay in the UK and US: the Differential Returns to Productivity and the Lifetime Earnings Gap,” Southern Economic Journal, 2007, with W. J. Moore and Dek Terrell.
James A. Richardson, Handbook on Taxation, co-editor, 1999.

M. Dek Terrell, Advances in Econometrics, Volume 20: Econometric Analysis of Financial and Economic Time Series – Part A & Part B, 2006, edited with Thomas B. Fomby and R. Carter Hill.
Bulent Unel,Entrepreneurs, Jobs, and Trade,” European Economic Review, 2015,with E. Dinopoulos.                                                                                      
Fang Yang, “
Consumption and Time Use over the Life Cycle,” International Economic Review, 2014, with Michael Dotsey and Wenli Li.


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