UCLA is one of the top-ranked economics departments in the world. We have a young and active faculty whose research is shaping policy and informing the public on critical issues affecting the United States and the world. Our work covers a diversity of topics such as the origins and persistence of the Great Depression and its lessons for today's economy, the relationship between education and health outcomes, predatory behavior in the U.S. airline industry, and the historical economic aspects of residential segregation in the U.S. and its present day policy implications. Many of our faculty have received special recognition for their body of research by election to prestigious institutions such as the National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Econometric Society, or have received such celebrated awards such as the Guggenheim and Sloan Fellowships.

Our undergraduates are equally impressive. They are among the brightest students on campus and consistently go on to find success in the job market and in graduate school. We have approximately 3300 majors at any one time making us the largest among major economics departments across the country and the largest major on campus. Our students come from over 60 countries around the world yet the majority call California their home. Many of our students are the first in their families to attend college and we are proud of them and their accomplishments.

An Economics degree opens the door to a world of opportunities beyond UCLA. Our Alumni play important roles in business, entertainment, and academia. We are proud that many maintain strong ties with UCLA and with the Economics department. Our students attend business schools, law school, medical schools, and graduate schools in a variety of disciplines.

If you are interested in joining our program as an active alumnus or a member of our Board of Visitors please contact Julie Strumwasser.

Mission Statement

"Advancing the understanding of society's most critical economic issues and policies by promoting a progressive agenda of research and teaching, and providing our students with the theoretical and empirical foundations for addressing these issues, today and in the future."