Faculty Research

Appalachian State University's Department of Economics has been ranked number one in research among regional university economics departments in the South, according to a recent study. The article notes that "Appalachian is known by many in the U.S. South (and beyond) as what Nobel Laureate George Stigler would refer to as an academic beehive in terms of environmental and resource economics (Stigler, 1985)."

The Department of Economics is ranked among the top 25% of economics in the world, the United States, the South Atlantic States and the state of North Carolina according to Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). The department is particularly strong in the fields of environmental, natural resourcesportsagriculture and tourism economics using the methods of experiments and discrete choice models. The department ranks in the top 10% of institutions in the world in each of these fields and methods according to RePEc.

Faculty research output can be found in working papers, journal articles, book chapters and books. The department's Working Papers series can be found at RePEc's IDEAS or EconPapers. Working papers, journal articles and book chapters for faculty can be found at their individual RePEc pages.  

The Department of Economics hosts an active seminar series to enhance the development and transmission of knowledge and research. The department has also hosted multi-day workshops in experimental environmental economics (that led to an edited book [PDF]) and environmental and resource economics. Another workshop, is being organized for Spring 2016.

The Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (CERPA) is a campus-wide, multidisciplinary unit at Appalachian State University. and is located in the Department of Economics. Its mission is to improve policy and decision-making by producing rigorous research and disseminating relevant information on current economic and policy issues. CERPA maintains research programs in the specific areas of economic development, environment and energy, and experimental economics.

Experimental Economics applies the laboratory method of inquiry to better understand how society operates. Experiments, in the lab and in the field, allow for a more precise investigation of how individual, social and institutional characteristics influence individual behavior and aggregate outcomes. The Appalachian Experimental Economics Laboratory is located at 3021 Peacock Hall. The lab consists of 20 subject stations, a monitor station, and audio and video projection systems. The lab is setup with one stationary server and multiple mobile servers that are assigned to individual researchers. An online recruitment system manages a subject pool that includes students and non-students.