The mission of the Department of Economics (ECON) is to discover, refine and disseminate economic knowledge, with an emphasis on policy issues involving Hawaiʻi and the Asia-Pacific region. Faculty members are sought out to perform economic research, foster sound reasoning and decision-making through teaching, prepare students for careers, and provide service to the university, state, nation and the world.
Major Academic Areas
- Climate Change
- Ocean Resources
- Property Rights
- Aging and Wealth Transfers
- Experimental Economics
- Foreign Investment
- Econometric Analysis
- Labor Markets
- Health Economics
- Law and Economics
- China and Japan Economies
- Monetary Economics
- Microeconomic Theory
- Resource and Environmental Economics addresses sustainability, climate change, ocean resources, and energy policies.
- International Economics studies foreign investment, international monetary systems, trade policy, and immigration.
- Human Resources analyses demographic issues, labor markets, and health economics.
- Public Economics and Economic History studies how public policies and institutions affect behavior and welfare in historical and contemporary contexts.
- Development Economics considers institutions, efficiency, and growth in developing countries.
- Experimental Economics and Game Theory deal with models of strategic interactions and testing their predictions in the laboratory.