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Economics student receiving a scholarshipNew Economics Scholarships

The department has 19 new undergraduate scholarships to offer, and that is just the start! It is all part of our ambitious goal to provide more financial support for economics majors. Read about our goals and progress.


Student from Lenexa named 2014 Cargill ScholarLexie Cargill Scholar

Sierra Lake has been selected as one of two Cargill Scholars for the 2014 academic year. Sierra is majoring in economics and political science as well as pursuing a secondary major in international relations. read more

Dr. Wayne Nafziger retiring after 48 years of dedicated service
Dr. Nafziger

Dr. Wayne Nafziger is retiring this summer after 48 years of dedicated service to the Department of Economics.   Wayne earned his undergraduate degree from Goshen College in Indiana, where he majored in mathematics and social science.  After teaching high school in Ligonier, Indiana during 1960-61, Wayne went on to earn a master's degree from the University of Michigan in 1962 and a Ph.D. in 1966 from the University of Illinois.  He joined the KSU faculty the same year.  read more

Joe Tiao Lecture on Economic Issues

Joe Tiao Lecture on Economics IssuesProfessor JohnList from the University of Chicago gave this year’s Joe Tiao Lecture on Economic Issues on November 14th to a packed house of more than 400 students, faculty, and community members. The title of his talk was “The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life.” He also gave a talk to the department on how field experiments can be used to understand the economics of crime. read more

Fulbright award fund's student's research

Sam Kenney has received a prestigious Fulbright award to fund his continued research on microfinance. Sam earned his undergraduate degree in economics from K-State in May, 2103, and is now working on his M.A. degree in economics in our department. His research on microfinance began during his study abroad experience as an undergraduate student. read more

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Featured Alumni

Gavin KoesterGavin Koester graduated with Bachelors degrees in Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics in December of 2013. After interning in Washington D.C. with the Koch Institute, he interned in Wichita with Koch Fertilizer before starting full time as a Market Analyst at Koch. read more


 Research spotlight

Dr. Gayle

The area in economics in which I conduct research is known as Industrial Organization.  Industrial organization is a sub-field of microeconomics that studies the functioning of imperfectly competitive markets.  In particular, industrial organization is concerned with business behavior and strategy in imperfectly competitive markets, as well as the implications that such behavior and strategy have for economic welfare.   read more

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