Department Head Message

Frank Caliendo

Frank Caliendo, Professor and Head

The Department and Economics and Finance is located in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, overlooking the scenic mountains of Cache Valley.

Our department was created in 2007, and since then we have built a solid department with a promising future.

We offer bachelor degree programs in economics and finance, and these degrees are among the most popular on campus. Our primary goal is to prepare our undergraduate students to thrive in the most demanding graduate programs and in careers in industry and government. We also offer graduate programs in economics and financial economics.

Our department is comprised of scholars, consulting experts, industry experts, administrators, and entrepreneurs with expertise in a broad range of fields, including macroeconomics, microeconomics, applied econometrics, computational methods, mathematical economics, labor, education economics, health economics, law and economics, international trade, behavioral economics, public economics, public choice and political science, economic history, and a variety of fields in finance including financial markets, corporate finance, real estate, asset pricing, and emerging markets.

Our department was recently honored by President Stan Albrecht with the 2013 Teaching Excellence Award, in recognition of our deep commitment to high quality teaching and mentoring experiences in and out of the classroom.

Scholarly research is central to our role in providing excellent undergraduate education. In recent years, our research has appeared in:

economics journals such as American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Review of Economic Dynamics, European Economic Review, Quantitative Economics, Economic Theory, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Journal of Mathematical Economics, Public Choice, World Economy, Southern Economic Journal, International Tax and Public Finance, Economic Inquiry, Journal of Economic Behavioral and Organization, and Economics Letters, 

and finance journals such as Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Financial Management, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of Financial Markets, Journal of International Money and Finance, Quantitative Finance, Financial Review, Journal of Futures Markets, and Journal of Financial Research.

We encourage students with strong analytical and quantitative skills to join us and prepare for an exciting career in economics and finance.