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Economics and Finance

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University of Wyoming
College of Business
Economics & Finance Dept.
1000 E University Ave.
Dept. 3985, BU 225 East
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2175
Fax: (307) 766-5090


From undergraduate studies to PhDs, UW offers economics degree programs and finance degree programs that provide students with the academic background that enables them to succeed in a variety of career options.

  •  E&F faculty and students examine economic and financial issues that matter locally and around the globe, including issues related to environmental policy, natural resources, energy, market organization, trade, economic development, and finance. The department has produced a world-class program by pulling together scientists with a common purpose — how to use economics and finance to create more well-being while protecting our environment and natural resources.
  •  The department offers undergraduate and master's degrees in economics and finance (including a dual master's in economics and finance combined), as well as a PhD degree in economics.
Why Major in Economics & Finance?
  • Economics & Finance degree programs provide you with a logical method of thinking you can use forever; you will have a set of tools that will help shape how you view the world's affairs.
  • Starting salaries of economics & finance majors traditionally rank high among all starting salaries. Your degree gives you a top 5 salary immediately and in the long-term with a 2009 starting median salary of $50,000 and mid career median salary of $101,000 (

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UW College of Business students present at State Loan Investment Board meeting

Students visit with Student Loan Investment Board.
Professor Patrick Fleming and students presented to the State Loan Investment Board on April 10, 2014.  The State Loan Investment Board Members include Governor Matt Mead, Treasurer Mark Gordon, Secretary of State Max Maxfield, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill.
Professor of Economics Robert Godby published new book titled The European Crisis.

Professor Robert Godby publishes book

Dr. Robert Godby, an associate professor in the Department of Economics and Finance, published his first book titled The European Financial Crisis in December of 2013. Professor Godby began his academic career at the University of Wyoming in 1997.  He has since published articles in journals, contributed to edited volumes, presented his research internationally, and served as public expert by commenting in radio, national television, and public media interviews on his main research areas, which include macroeconomic and monetary policy, behavioral economics, energy economics, industrial organization, and environmental economics and policy.  Read more...

Sandberg Speaker 2014: John Nofsinger
Linda Thunstrom

Welcome New Faculty Member to Department of Economics and Finance: Dr. Linda Thunstrom

Dr. Thunstrom has been a visiting professor in the Department of Economics and Finance for the last 2 years, and it has been a very positive experience for her. She is excited about starting her new job as an assistant professor in the department this fall. Her research is in the fields of health economics, public economics and behavioral economics. Her focus is on analyzing contributors to the rise in diet related illnesses and how public policy may impact healthy choices, but she enjoys digging into other topics as well. Read more...


UW Professor’s Work Appears in Two Prestigious Journals

UW Professor’s Work Appears in Two Prestigious Journals

December 7, 2012 — In the world of academics, having one of your works published in the scientific journal Science is a major accomplishment. The same goes with Nature, another of the world’s top peer-reviewed academic journals.

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“Bitcoin” on UWTV by Prof. Godby

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Economics and Finance Professor Robert Godby explains the Bitcoin phenomenon.

Development in Crisis: Changing the Rules in a Global World

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Professor Ed Barbier gives a plenary address and leads a panel discussion.

"Interpolating the Economy" on UWTV by Prof. Godby

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Economics and Finance Professor Robert Godby discusses how economists make predictions.

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