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Economics is the study of how society uses its scarce resources. The goal of the department is to promote an understanding of economic aspects of society and to develop each student's ability to reason about economic issues - that is, to provide a basis for intelligent, responsible participation in modern society. The major is comprised of eight, four credit economics classes with accompanying course work in history and mathematics. View more information about the major.

Department Highlights

Expert to Present Land Grabs, Deforestation and the Effects on Human Health in Cambodia

Ian Luby ’13 will present “Land Grabs, Deforestation, and the Effects on Human Health in Cambodia” a 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in Humanities and Social Studies Center, Room N3118.
Iowa landscape at CERA

Getting to the Meat of the Matter

If you drive to Grinnell on Interstate 80, you might be inclined to think Iowa’s economy is heavily agriculture-based. Your eyes might deceive you, says Jack Mutti, professor emeritus of economics.

When Research Interests Overlap and Intersect

As an economics and political science double-major, Lucy Bales ’18 is “especially interested in the potential policy applications of economic theory.” She took Economics of Crime with Logan Lee, assistant professor of economics, and Law and Economics with Brad Graham, associate professor of economics.

Department Information

(641) 269-4985

Humanities and Social Sciences Center
1226 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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