Faculty Research

The Department of Economics at Appalachian State is among the top 100 departments in the  U.S. for research productivity. The department is particularly strong in the areas of environmental economics and experimental economics. Faculty research has appeared in leading journals, such as the Journal of Public Economics, RAND Economics, Nature Human Behavior, 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. 

Working Paper Series

Working Papers 

Seminar Series

The Department of Economics maintains a seminar series to enhance the development and diffusion of knowledge and research. 

Upcoming Seminars 

Recent Seminars


The Department of Economics regularly organizes academic workshops to bring together leading scholars to share and develop ideas that make a difference.

2022 APP.EXP.ENV.ECO -- Appalachian Experimental Environmental Economics Workshop

2018 APP.EXP.ENV.ECO -- Appalachian Experimental Environmental Economics Workshop

2016 APP.EXP.ENV.ECO -- Appalachian Experimental Environmental Economics Workshop 

2013 Environment and Resource Economics Workshop 

2012 Toward a New Climate Agreement: Conflict, Resolution and Governance 

2007 Competitiveness Under Constraints: Choices for Energy and the Environment 

2005 Experimental Economics and Environmental Policy Workshop 

Experimental Laboratory

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 16th 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.

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.