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Academics and College of Business administration. Known as Commerce Hall 1957-69; renamed Pamplin Hall in May 1969. Building completed Fall 1957; cost $734,645; 49,060 sq. ft. Named after Robert Boisseau Pamplin (1911-2009) and Robert Boisseau Pamplin Jr. (1941- ) who was a member of the Class of 1964.
3016 Pamplin Hall, Mail Code:0316 Blacksburg VA 24061
Pamplin Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• PhD
PhD Degree in Economics
Minimum GPA: 3.0
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Fall: Feb 01
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Department Head : Sudipta Sarangi
Graduate Program Director : Niloy Bose
Emeriti Faculty: Amoz Kats
Professors: Richard Ashley; Sheryl Ball; Niloy Bose; Hans Haller; Djavad Salehi-Isfahani; Sudipta Sarangi; Aris Spanos; Thorwald Tideman
Associate Professors: Eric Bahel; Richard Cothren; Adam Dominiak; Suqin Ge; Xu Lin; Kwok Tsang
Assistant Professors: Ali Habibnia; Siddharth Hari; Shaowen Luo; Melinda Miller; Benjamin Rosa; Alexander Smith; Gerelt Tserenjigmid (Blackbsurg)
Wilson Schmidt Professor: Aris Spanos
Advanced Instructors: Gebremeskel Gebremariam
Collegiate Assistant Professors: Matthew Kovach; Steven Trost

Economics Introduction

The Virginia Tech Economics program was established September 1, 1961. The program has awarded more than 200 PhDs in economics since its inception. Our graduates now work as successful professionals worldwide in academia, business and government. Since 2000, the program has been administered jointly by the Departments of Economics and of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

1. Curriculum - We provide the standard training in the first year and the first half of the second year (microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics). After the compulsory training, students are mostly choosing courses from our four areas of focus: microeconomic theory, experimental and behavioral economics, labor and development economics, econometrics, and macroeconomics.   

2. Career - Most of our alumni work as economists and analysts in the private sector and NGOs, and some start their career as tenure-track or non-tenure-track faculty members at liberal arts colleges. An increasing number of our alumni get tenure-track positions at research universities in other countries (e.g., China). Occasionally, our more research-oriented alumni manage to get tenure-track positions at universities with a master or Ph.D. program in the US.

3. Faculty Research - i) Microeconomic Theory & Game Theory, ii) Experimental & Behavioral Economics, iii) Applied Microeconomics (Labor, Development, Industrial Organizations, and History), iv) Econometrics, v) Resource & Environmental Economics, and vi) Macroeconomics and Finance.

4. What Sets Us Apart - We emphasize interdisciplinary work with subjects that Virginia Tech is strong at (e.g., Neuroscience, Psychology, Statistics), and we are also developing the field of big data that is also inter-discipline in nature. We also encourage collaboration between faculty members and students, and it is quite often that students have coauthored papers submitted or even published before they graduate.

Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
    • Paper
      • 600.0
    • Computer
      • 250.0
    • iBT
      • 90.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Quantitative : 155.0
Students seeking the Ph.D. must complete 90 total credit hours of work, consisting of 24 credit hours of core requirements, 21 credit hours of field courses, 30 credit hours of research & dissertation, and an additional 15 credit hours of research & dissertation or other Graduate level courses with the permission of the Graduate Director.

The Economics Department does not offer a free standing terminal master's program. The M.A. degree in Economics is intended to serve advanced VT undergraduate students who participate in the 5th year B.S./M.A. program and those Ph.D. students who begin their studies but are unable to complete the program.

The Economics Department does not offer Spring admission. Nor does it offer summer courses for graduate students.

Economics Facilities Introduction


The Department

Students on assistantship are allocated office space in the department in Pamplin Hall. All students have access to computers in their office with internet access. The department has an experimental economics lab in 2088 Derring Hall.
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