from Minnesota to Morocco, Undergrad Explores Development Economics

By Grace Brang

"I always felt like economics was able to provide insight into a lot of different subject matters like social sciences, math, and policy," says Riley Runnoe, an economics major at the University of Minnesota. "Some people think economics is maximizing profits or picking the best business solution, but it’s a lot more than that." Riley is particularly interested in development economics, which complements his dual major in global studies.

trump, Trade, and the Future of NAFTA

By Grace Brang

On March 27, the Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute and the Carlson Global Institute hosted three lead architects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to discuss North American trade prospects and the future of the trilateral trade agreement. Professor Tim Kehoe moderated the panel featuring Carla Hills, former U.S. Trade Representative; Jaime Serra Puche, former Secretary of Trade and Industry of Mexico; and John Weekes, former Chief NAFTA Negotiator for Canada.

getting to the Bottom of Rising Wealth Inequality

By Grace Brang

Economics PhD candidate Simone Civale arrived at the University of Minnesota from Italy six years ago with his master's in econometrics in hand. Once at Minnesota, a program that consistently ranks as one of the top graduate programs in the country, Simone decided to pursue the field the school is best known for—macroeconomics.

spotlight on Giving: Dr. Harald Uhlig

Harald Uhlig (’90 PhD) established the Dr. Harald Uhlig Award in Macroeconomics with a $50,000 gift to the University of Minnesota Department of Economics. Uhlig, currently a professor in the University of Chicago’s Department of Economics, wanted to establish an award to foster healthy competition between graduate students focusing their studies on macroeconomics.

econ Undergrad Pairs Passion with Preparation

By Grace Brang

"Economics was one of the reasons I came to Minnesota," says Aravind Boddupalli, a senior economics and political science major, who will graduate from the University of Minnesota this spring. He attests to the school's reputation for being one of the best places in the world to study economics and has his own take on what defines Minnesota economics: "Prestigious. Comprehensive. Diverse."

using Research to Drive Policy in Early Education

By Grace Brang

Art Rolnick has made a career of championing critical public policy issues. He served the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis for many years as the senior vice president and director of research, and is now a senior fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and co-director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative. Through his research, Rolnick has made contributions to many areas of the economy including monetary policy, economic bidding wars, and most recently, early childhood education.

can Economics Reduce Global Pollution Deaths?


By Grace Brang

Economist Maureen Cropper shared insights on how the discipline is making an impact

experiential Education Gives Econ Undergrad an Edge

Tyler Gieseke, Class of 2016, plans to pursue a career as a business journalist

research on the Environmental Impacts of Trade

By Xinyao Qu

Graduate student Ethan Singer's research on regional trade is contributing to the Heller-Hurwicz Economic Institute's climate change initiative

Is an Energy Hat Trick Possible?

By Xinyao Qu

Economist Michael Greenstone spoke at the inaugural Jon Goldstein Memorial Lecture on environmental policy and economics

research illuminates undergrad's career path


Corissa Marson began her career in the mortgage industry, but when the company she was working for closed in 2013, she chose to reevaluate her future. Marson was interested in math, history, and political science, and upon taking an introductory course in economics, she realized it weaved together all of her interests. She had found her calling.

deciphering China’s Puzzling Capital Flows


BY Xinyao Qu

Economist Ellen McGrattan turns to theory to explain why China’s growth pattern defies expectations

just the Facts: New Trends in Income Inequality

Economists use new data to share fresh insights on the US wage divide