The economics department at Florida State University is the largest economics department in the State University System of Florida, and is the only one to be rated as "exemplary" by the most recent BOR state-wide review. The department specializes in several fields of applied microeconomics, public choice, and more recently, experimental economics. There are 4 eminent scholars in the department, each with ties to interdisciplinary research centers. The department admits a relatively small number of doctoral students each year, the majority of which are on departmental funding, with the focus on mentoring students through the transition from student to researcher. Our faculty work closely with our students and often produce co-authored publications. The majority of our students spend at least some time as research assistants supported by funding provided by one of the research centers, and our most promising students frequently choose to work with one of our eminent scholars as their dissertation supervisor.
DeVoe L. Moore Center
The DeVoe L. Moore Center emphasizes the study of how
government rules, regulations, and programs affect the economy and
individuals. Bringing the insights of economics, political science, and
public administration to the study of state and local regulations is a
major focus of the Center's efforts.
- Bruce Benson
- James Gwartney
- Randall Holcombe
- Keith Ihlanfeldt (Devoe-Moore Eminent Scholar)
- David Rasmussen
Markets and Institutions Group
The Markets and Institutions group, formally the Center for the Study of Political Economy and Free Enterprise,
focuses on research designed to enhance the understanding
of the institutions and policies supportive of free enterprise. Faculty
members in this program will be expected to contribute to the
professional research on political economy and the importance of the
institutional infrastructure for the efficient operation of economies.
Areas of focus include law and economics, public choice, economic
development, industrial organization and regulation, and the new
The Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy is concerned with the study of
retirement, pensions, inequality, long term care, assisted living,
technology and aging, dementia and care-giving, education and
achievement, well-being, life satisfaction, the impact of Alzheimer’s
Disease on families and communities, intergenerational relations,
Social Security and health and aging.
Experimental Economics Group
The XS/FS Research Group consists of a
diverse group of scholars at Florida State University who use
to engage in research on a wide range of topics in the Social Sciences.
from how one might design charity silent auctions to an examination of
for voting on redistributive taxation policies to investigations on how
is transmitted through different structures for social networks.
- Luke Boosey
- David Cooper (Brim Eminent Scholar)
- Sebastian Goerg
- John Hamman
- Mark Isaac (Director and Quinn Eminent Scholar)
- John Lightle
- Svetlana Pevnitskaya
- Dmitry Ryvkin
The Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free
Enterprise and Economic Education is a member of the National
Council on Economic Education, and as a Council member, assumes
responsibility for furthering economic education both in schools and
among community groups in its service area. The Center is also involved
in research on the measurement of economic freedom and the analysis of
how economic freedom affects income, growth, and other dimensions of
The mission of the Center for Demography and
Population Health is to coordinate and conduct demographic and
population health research and training throughout the university by
bringing together faculty and students from various academic
departments and programs who are working in these areas.