The Department of Economics at Virginia Tech focuses on teaching, research and outreach in regard to economic issues at the state, national and international levels.

News & Faculty Happenings

May 9, 2019 - Dr. Byron Tsang and Dr. Xiaojin Sun (VT Ph.D.) have had their 5th co-authored paper "Large Price Movements in Housing Markets", accepted at the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.


April 29, 2019 - Congratulations to Dr. Sudipta Sarangi for receiving the Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research!

March 20, 2019 - Graduate Student Dongwoo Lee is our second successful defense of the semester, defending his dissertation "Essays on Economic Decision Making." Congratulate our newest Dr. Lee when you see him!

Dr Zhuncheng "Flora" Li

March 8, 2019 - Graduate student Zhuncheng "Flora" Li successfully defended her dissertation today, "The Behavioral and Neural Bases of Social Economic Decision-Making." Be sure to congratulate the new Dr. Li if you see her!

March 7, 2019 - Prof. Nicolaus Tideman was featured on a WDBJ7 story discussing how store closures effect the local economy. Click here for the story.

December 3, 2018 - Dr. Suqin Ge's current working paper with the National Bureau of Economic Research, "Elite Schools and Opting-In: Effects of College Selectivity on Career and Family Outcomes", is recieving media attention from MarketWatch.


November 14, 2018 - Dr. Suqin Ge is awarded a +Policy Research Supplement Fellowship by the Policy Strategic Growth Area (PSGA) to support her effort on the launch of her new joint NSF project “Whole-body Exoskeletons for Advanced Vocational Enhancement (WEAVE).” The grant will help enhance the policy dimension of the project and support coordination of the interdisciplinary research team. Read more here.

October 31, 2018 - Asal Pilehvari, Ph.D. student in Economics has co-authored a paper, "The productivity trend in Iran:  Evidence from manufacturing firms", that has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of Economics of Transition.

October 29, 2018 - Dr. Sudipta Sarangi is part of a team of network researchers that received an NSF grant called "Workshops on Network Economics" to host a series of workshops on networks.  The grant, which is being administered through the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) includes Arun Chandrsekhar (Stanford), Matt Jackson (Stanford) and Ben Golub (Harvard) as other members of the team.  Read more....



October 29, 2018 - Dr. Byron Tsang and Dr. Xiaojin Sun (VT Ph.D.) have had their fourth co-authored paper, "What Cycles? Data Detrending in DSGE Models", accepted at the Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics.

October 18, 2018 - Dr. Suqin Ge is part of an interdisciplinary team that was awarded a $3 million grant from the NSF to develop an exoskeleton to augment human performance.  Dr. Ge’s team will build empirical models of the effects of augmentation technology on worker productivity and well-being, industry profits, and the labor market in general. Read more here.



Sept. 27, 2018 - Aris Spanos was a Keynote speaker at the 2018 Annual Meetings of the Royal Statistical Society at Cardiff in Wales.  In the session, on the controversy regarding significance tests, Prof. Spanos spoke about "The Use and Misuse of Significant Testing and its Role in Statistical Model Validation".

Sept. 27, 2018 - Djavad Salehi-Isfahani's ariticle on Iran's currecy crisis featured in Foreign Affairs magazine.


August 2018 - Three new faculty are joining the Department of Economics:


Niloy Bose


Ali Habibnia
Big Data Economics


Ben Rosa
Regulation Economics


May 9, 2018 – We want to recognize all the students who successfully defended their dissertations these past couple of weeks, officially overcoming the last hurdle on their way to becoming doctors of economics!

Karo Solat – Generalized Principal Component Analysis
Bowen Shi – Three Essays on Networks
Jae-Yoon Kim – Essays on DSGE Models and Bayesian Estimation
Yu “Joey” Zhou – Skill Returns and Gender Wage Gap

Congratulations to you all, and best of luck in your future endeavors!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – Congratulations to Olivia Brown, Ben Chenault and Jianan Ding for being offered membership into Virginia Tech’s Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most widely known academic honor society.  Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. Virginia Tech was granted a charter in 1977.


April 9, 2018 – Dean Sally Morton has announced that Dr. Kwok Ping ‘Byron’ Tsang has been selected as the winner of the 2018 College of Science Outreach Award. The award, made possible through funding from Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, recognizes the efforts of faculty who have made outstanding contributions in “putting knowledge to work” for the benefits of constituencies outside the university.

March 29, 2018 –  Jae-Yoon Kim, an Economics doctoral student, was awarded the James B. Ramsey prize for best paper in econometrics presented by a graduate student at the 26th Annual Symposium of the Society for Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics  at Keio University in Tokyo. Click here to read more.


March 21, 2018 – Thank you to everyone who helped the Department of Economics rise to the challenge for #VTGivingDay!! We had a total of 118 gifts for $6,373.30, finishing in 2nd and 4th place (out of 11) in the College of Science gifts and amount raised.  Our donations also helped the COS finish in 3rd place on the Vice President’s Participation Leadership Challenge! Click here for all COS Giving Day information.