Welcome Letter from the Department Chair

Aloha Kākou,

Welcome! The UH-Mānoa Economics Department is located in a beautiful part of the campus, with a courtyard restaurant and open-air tables for studying and networking. Faculty and students live in the most ethnically diverse US state, where we enjoy the richness of the host Hawaiian culture, an unmatched climate, and daily encounters with some of the most beautiful places and people on this planet. UH-Mānoa economics students and faculty are privileged to enjoy the benefits of a highly ranked university and department and the many amazing communities in the Aloha State.

We offer a liberal arts-oriented undergraduate program, currently with 250 majors. Highlights include an active undergraduate student mentoring program, a free tutoring program in our introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics courses, a student-run economics club, internships and co-op work arrangements, the Department's own exchange programs in Japan and Thailand, an expanding Honors program, and research opportunities with economics faculty. It's a great experience and I urge you to become an economics major or minor. It’s easy to declare … just come to our office in Saunders Hall 542 and see our undergraduate advisor.

Our graduate program has 60 MA and PhD students who take a common core of courses in economic theory and econometrics and then select field courses from a menu covering economic development, international economics; population, labor, and health economics; public economics; and environmental and natural resource economics.

Graduate student and faculty research encompasses exciting topics, including climate change, ocean resources, energy, property rights, intergenerational transfer accounts, experimental economics, foreign investment, econometric analysis, labor markets, health economics, law and economics, China and Japan economies, monetary economics, and microeconomic theory.

Why join us? We have great undergraduate and graduate programs with amazing faculty and students. It’s all about the people.

All the best,
Tim Halliday
Professor & Department Chair
UH-Mānoa Department of Economics