- The Learning Environment
The Learning Environment
The Department of Economics maintains a study and learning environment that allows students to understand core ideas in economics and their applications. There is a balanced emphasis on instruction in theory, economic data, and their blending (called applied economics). Instructional methods include lectures, presentations, debates, discussions, research term papers and exams, each chosen as appropriate to achieving course goals. Typical goals include critical thinking, analysis of significant economic issues, evaluations of current economic policies, and data-driven measurements of the gains and losses that must be balanced when determining economically desirable policies. Every course provides opportunities for interactive learning experiences with faculty. Our upper-level courses are not large to facilitate faculty mentoring. The larger introductory classes provide recitations to enhance beginning students’ understandings.
About Our Facilities
The Department of Economics is housed in Fronczak Hall on UB’s North Campus. Economics classes are held in centrally scheduled instructional space throughout the campus. The Department selects classrooms that are equipped with state-of-the art instructional equipment appropriate to the instructional needs of particular courses.
About Our Faculty
Our faculty are committed to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate level teaching. Professor James Holmes is a three-time winner and Professor Peter Morgan is a two-time winner of the Milton Plesur Award for Teaching Excellence. Professor Winston Chang is a recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Distinctions for the research and scholarship of the faculty include major research awards from the National Science Foundation, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the University of California. In 2016, Professor Alex Anas received the Walter Isard Award for distinguished scholarly achievements. Professor Isaac Ehrlich heads the Center of Excellence on Human Capital, Technology Transfer, and Economic Growth and Development, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Human Capital. Undergraduate students interested in becoming engaged in the research activities of the faculty are encouraged to pursue independent studies with them and to consider continuing into either the M.A. in Applied Economics or the M.S.-STEM programs that are offered by the Department.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the Economics Department website for additional information about our faculty.