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, European Economic Review, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and Experimental Economics. Faculty research receives funding from federal and state agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The department has received more than $1.5 million in external funding since 2017.
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 15th 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.
Electric Utility Research Laboratory
In 2017, the Department of Economics collaborated with New River Light & Power and the Appalachian Energy Center to create the Appalachian Electric Utility Research Laboratory (AppEURL). The University of North Carolina General Administration provided funding to establish the platform so the university-owned electric utility can be a valuable asset for energy-related research. NRLP partners with researchers to conduct field experiments for behavioral and technical interventions, as well as, analyze secondary electricity usage data. With funding from the Sloan Foundation, economics faculty recently conducted a two-year field experiment that studied electronic messaging impacts on residential electricity demand.
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.
Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics
The Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (RIEEE) is a university-wide research institute that creates opportunities and partnerships for convergent, multidisciplinary research and scholarship that positively impacts the sustainability of natural, social, cultural and economic resources. RIEEE reports to the Office of Research and integrates the activities of the Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis, the Appalachian Energy Center and the Southern Appalachian Environmental Research and Education Center. As such, the department is at the nexus of the university's strategic plan for research. RIEEE supports the development of competitive proposals, building interdisciplinary research clusters, fostering beneficial collaborations and associations, and offering post-award grants management for funded projects.