About the Economics Department

Students (from left) Jonathan Bates, Ben Aberle and Matthew Bishop worked on a summer research project with Professor of Economics Diego Mendez-Carbajo (at laptop)
Associate Professor of Economics Ilaria Ossella-Durbal teaches courses in International  and Development Economics. 
Emeritus Associate Professor of Economics Robert Leekley wasn't satisfied with existing statistic textbooks, so he wrote (and published) his own
Associate Professor of Economics Amit Ghosh teaches financial economics courses and serves as Department Chair

As a student of economics, you develop critical-thinking and decision-making skills that will be valuable in your future professional life.

Undergraduate Research

At Illinois Wesleyan, many of our students work one-on-one with our economics faculty, researching topics of their mutual interest.

Seniors have the opportunity to develop independent study projects, presenting their work at local, regional and national conferences.

How to prepare for a career in economics research and consulting: Mark Israel '91, Executive Vice President of Compass Lexecon, gives advice on coursework and research activities for students interested in economics research and consulting. Learn more about Mark's career and the scholarship he started at IWU.


Student Publications 

Our students edit and publish two economics journals: The Park Place Economist, and the online Undergraduate Economic Review. These are two of only a few undergraduate economics journals in the world.


Co-Curricular Activities 

Every year the department hires several of our top students as computer lab assistants, journal editors and tutors for introductory classes. The Economics Society, our student-run club, organizes a variety of extra-curricular activities for faculty and students to enjoy outside of class.


Career Connector

We have compiled over 10,000 of our alumni's career biographies and paired them with their major (or majors) at Illinois Wesleyan. See the careers held by IWU graduates who majored in economics.