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 Board of Regents (BOR) statewide review. Students may choose from a wide range of fields: including the traditional areas of applied microeconomics, macroeconomics, international, labor, and public finance, while specializing in computational methods, experimental economics, financial economics, or public choice. The department is connected with a number of interdisciplinary centers and supports internal working groups through weekly workshops conducted throughout the year in which presentations are made by faculty, students, and invited speakers.
There are 6 Named Professors 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.
- James Gwartney
- Randall Holcombe (Devoe-Moore Professor)
- Keith Ihlanfeldt (Devoe-Moore Eminent Scholar)
- Shawn Kantor
- David Rasmussen
The L. Charles Hilton Jr. Center for the Study of Economic Prosperity and Individual Opportunity focuses on
research designed to enhance the understanding of how legal, social, and political institutions influence market
transactions and, thus, the level of income, the rate of economic growth, and economic opportunity within and
across geographic regions. Faculty and graduate students conduct research in a broad range of areas, including
law and economics, public economics, public choice, industrial organization, regulation, economic geography, new
institutional economics, economic history, and economic development.
- Javier Cano-Urbina
- Sebastian J. Goerg
- James Gwartney
- Randall Holcombe
- Mark Isaac
- Shawn Kantor (Hilton Distinguished Professor)
- Carl Kitchens
Macroeconomics Working Group
The Macroeconomics working group meets regularly to discuss research topics in a wide range of sub-disciplines
that include: monetary theory and policy, macro-labor, financial economics, international
trade and finance, and economic growth and development. Emphasis is given to the latest
developments in theory, time series econometrics, and computational methods. Students
are encouraged to present original research in a workshop setting to obtain critical overviews
of their work as they progress toward completion of their PhD dissertation.
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 (Quinn Eminent Scholar and Director of the XS/FS Group)
- 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 Pepper Center
The Pepper Center 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.
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.