703 Pray-Harrold

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197


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Please check out this page to stay updated on new and exciting things happening in the department, including student and alumni information.


  • 1/2022: Dr. Mehmet E. Yaya discussed the cryptocurrencies and their impact on international business/trade with Dr. Ahmet Kirca and Dr. Andrei Simonov in a webinar organized by MSU International Business Center. 
  • 1/2022: Brandon Gomes (M.S. in Applied Econometrics) successfully presented his research paper entitled "Revisiting the nexus between globalization and the shadow economy: untying the influences of de jure vs. de facto globalization" co-authored with James W. Saunoris and Aziz Berdiev at the Omicron Delta Epsilon Graduate Student Session during the ASSA Meetings. Brandon has also been named as the winner of the ODE Graduate Research Award which is given to the best article presented by a graduate student at the ODE Graduate Student Session.


  • 12/2021: Dr. Christopher Elias was the teaching spotlight of Faculty Development Center at Eastern Michigan University. His interview can be found at the following link.
  • 12/2021:  Dr. Sandra Orozco-Aleman presented her current research entitled "Illegal Immigration: The Trump Effect" on Tuesday December 7.
  • 11/2021: Dr. Timothy R. Hodge, associate professor of Economics at Oakland University, presented his current research entitled "When a 'Social Contract' is in Crisis: Lessons from Detroit's Property Tax" on Tuesday November 2. The event is part of the Detroit Theme Year. 
  • 10/2021: Women in Economics Club held a conversation with two of our recent Alumni: Osayd Qatu who is working at Google and Anna Newmyer who recently started at General Motors!
  • 10/2021: Dr. Thomas Stockwell, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Tampa presented his current research entitled “Accommodative Monetary Policy Shocks Do Not Increase Output" on Tuesday October 5. After completing his master’s degree in Applied Economics at Eastern Michigan University, he completed his Ph.D. in Economics at University of Oregon in 2021.  This seminar was part of our Alumni Corner events.
  • 09/2021: Eastern Michigan University Department of Economics hosted the annual Meet & Greet event welcoming all students to the Fall semester. Faculty and students enjoyed the opportunity to mix and mingle in front of the beautiful Lake House overlooking the ponds on a warm Autumn day. 
  • 09/2021: Department of Economics held a Graduate Assistant (GA) orientation with 4 new and 4 returning graduate students. This year we have a very diverse GA group including students from central and south America, Africa, and Asia. 
  • 08/2021: Economics is pleased to share our annual newsletter that highlights the student, faculty, alumni accomplishments, news and updates in our department personnel and recognition of our 2020-21 graduates. You can view the newsletter online via the link.
  • 07/2021: Quantitative Economics major Odia Kaba has been accepted into the Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program, hosted by the Council for Opportunity in Education - COE for Summer 2021. The program provides 30 TRIO college students from around the nation the chance to participate in robust discussions around current global issues with COE's international partners.
  • 06/2021: We are delighted to announce that our B.S. in Quantitative Economics major Odia Kaba has been accepted into the Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program, hosted by the Council for Opportunity in Education - COE for Summer 2021.
  • 06/2021: During the Board of Regents June meeting in 2021, the board approved the Emeritus status for Dr. David Crary. After 41 years at EMU, Dr. Crary retired effective April 30, 2021. Board of Regents approved the hire of Dr. Svetlana Beilfuss who will be joining the Department of Economics in Fall 2021 semester.
  • 04/2021: During Board of Regents last meeting on April 15, 2021, the board approved the Emeritus status for Dr. Steven Hayworth. After 43.5 years at EMU, Dr. Hayworth retired effective December 31, 2020. 
  • 04/2021: Dr. Amanda Stype received the 2021 Summer Research/Creative Activity Award with her research entitled “Examining the Causes and Impacts of COVID-19 at the County Level.”
  • 04/2021: Department of Economics congratulates the Class of 2021!!! At the end of Winter 2021 semester, 20 students successfully completed their degree requirements and received their Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Eastern Michigan University Department of Economics.
  • 04/2021: Department of Economics hosted the 2021 Awards Ceremony: Celebration of Student Success on April 15th 2021. The Eastern Michigan University College of Arts & Sciences Dean Dana Heller, The Honors College at Eastern Michigan University Dean Ann Eisenberg, as well as the CAS Associate Dean Steven Pernecky made congratulatory remarks followed by Dr. Svetlana Beilfuss’ keynote speech. The video recording of the virtual event is available at the following link.
  • 04/2021: Brown Bag Research Webinar: “The Impact of Terrorist Attack on CEO Turnover” by Andy (Young Han) Kim, Associate Professor, SKKU Business School was held on April 6, 2021.
  • 03/2021: Department of Economics is pleased to announce that the department was represented with two students in the 41st Undergraduate Symposium: Anna Newmyer "Moderate Voters and the Economy" and Emma Krietemeyer "Modeling the Cost of Housing using Interest Rates: An Application of Time Series Analysis"
  • 03/2021: Anna Newmyer, senior majoring in Economics and member of The Honors College at Eastern Michigan University received the prestigious the 2021 Charles Phillips Outstanding Student Leader Award of Omicron Delta Epsilon: International Honor Society for Economics. 
  • 03/2021: As part of Alumni Corner event, Dr. Edmond Berisha presented his current research entitled "Monetary Policy Shocks and Income Inequality: Does it matter where you stand in income distribution?" on Tuesday, March 2 2021. The video recording of the virtual event is available at the following link
  • 02/2021: Dr. Saunoris presented his research entitled "Is the shadow economy procyclical or countercyclical over the business cycle? International evidence" in our first Brown Bag Seminar of the semester on February 2021. The video recording of the virtual event is available at the following link
  • 02/2021: The first department head of Economics, Professor Young-Iob Chung, has recently passed away at the age of 92 due to natural causes. 


  • 12/2020: Department of Economics has organized a virtual social event for all students, alumni, and friends to celebrate the end of the semester.
  • 12/2020: Dr. Daniel Giedeman (Professor, Grand Valley State), Dr. Kuhelika De (Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State) and Dr. Ryan Compton (Professor, University of Manitoba) presented their joint work entitled "Macroeconomic Shocks and Racial Labor Market Differences" in the final Brown Bag Seminar of the Fall 2020 semester. The video of the event is available here.
  • 12/2020: Department kicked-off a fundraiser for STEM in Economics Scholarship. The scholarship is available here.
  • 11/2020: Ms. Judy Keenan, Director, EEOC met with our students in our Alumni Corner event co-sponsored with Women in Economics Club. The video of the event is available here.
  • 10/2020: Dr. Christopher Elias Associate Professor, Eastern Michigan University presented his research entitled "Bayesian Estimation of a Medium-Scale New Keynesian Model with Heterogeneous Expectations" in our Brown Bag Seminar. The video of the event is available here.
  • 09/2020: Department of Economics organized an Info Session with PFM (See the flyer) for full time and internship opportunities on Thursday, September 17 at 3:30 p.m. via zoom. The entire session can be viewed at the following link
  • 09/2020: Department of Economics organized a Fall 2020 Meet & Greet event, on Tuesday, September 8th at Noon via Zoom. 
  • 08/2020: Our 2020 Newsletter is now available. Check out the recent news, faculty and student accomplishments and alumni news at the following link.
  • 07/2020: Faculty in the Department of Economics discussed the economic impact of COVID-19 on a Panel Discussion on July 7, 2020 via zoom. The flyer of the virtual discussion can be found at this link. The event is also available for viewing on our social media.
  • 06/2020: The Department of Economics is pleased to announce the new, STEM designated Combined B.S./M.S. degree in Quantitative Economics. With this program, students can complete both degrees in five years with 142 credit hours. For more information, check out the STEM programs in the Department of Economics.
  • 05/2020: Omicron Delta Epsilon in collaboration with Women in Economics Club is awarded $1,000 grant to start two new programs to support students during Fall 2020.
  • 05/2020: The Department of Economics is pleased to announce the 2020 awards along with academic, scholarly, and service recognitions. For the complete list of awards and recognitions, check out our booklet.


  • Board of Regents has approved the new STEM-designated program: Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics (BSQE) starting Fall 2020. For more information check out the STEM programs in the Department of Economics.

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