The Department of Economics at Appalachian State is ranked among the top 50 departments at U.S. public universities for research productivity (RePEc). The department is particularly strong in the areas of environmental economics and experimental economics. Faculty research has appeared in leading journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, RAND Economics, and European Economic Review. This research has received well over $1 million in external support in the past five years from federal and state agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the US Internal Revenue Service. In 2017-18, our faculty secured $700,000 in external funding for research.
Working Paper Series
The Department of Economics maintains a seminar series to enhance the development and diffusion of knowledge and research. The department series and related forums have hosted key figures in economics, including Noble Laureates, Members of the Council of Economic Advisors, and top academic economists.
The Department of Economics regularly organizes academic workshops to bring together leading scholars to share and develop ideas that make a difference.
2005 Experimental Economics and Environmental Policy Workshop
The department has a nationally ranked program in experimental economics. The Appalachian Experimental Economics Laboratory (AppEEL) is a dedicated space to support experimental research. Going into its 10th year of existence, the lab recently was upgraded with extensive updates and renovations. Located at 3021 Peacock Hall, the lab consists of a network of 20 subject stations, an experimenter station, and audio and video projection systems. Experimental research has received external funding from various agencies, including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Office of Naval Research, Norwegian Research Council, among others. Visit AppEEL's website for more information.
Center for Economic Research & Policy Analysis
The department houses the Center for Economic Research & Policy Analysis (CERPA), which is a core unit of Appalachian's Research Institute for Energy, Environment, and Economics. CERPA supports faculty research and engagement in the areas of energy and environment, regional development, and experimental and behavioral. CERPA addresses challenges that have local, regional, and global reach, including a program that supports regional economic development by providing information and analyses to stakeholders in the region. Visit CERPA's website for more information.