What is happening in the Department?

News and Events

Clock and Rec Center at night

The Economics Department hosts department seminars every term in the academic year, as well as our seminal annual event, the Harold G. Vatter Memorial Lecture that features a preeminent economist in their field discussing an important topical issue. Our affiliated institutes also hold events throughout the year that highlight the issue central to their goals and missions.

Harold Vatter Memorial Lecture

The Harold Vatter Memorial Lecture is an annual, premier department event. Regionally and nationally noted economics are invited to speak to the PSU audience as well as the general public on a policy or issue that is timely to current events. Past presenters have included Ed Glaeser from Harvard University, Matthew Kotchen from Yale University, Kimberly Clausing from Reed College, and Joe Cortright from Impresa, a Portland consulting firm that specializes in regional economics analysis.

Due to the coronavirus, it is with the most abundance of caution that the 2020 Vatter Lecture has been cancelled.

Department Seminars

The Economics Department hosts several events during the year. Each term, economics faculty or graduate students present working papers to economics majors. The general public is welcome to attend this free event.

Due to the coronavirus and in the interest of personal health and Safety, Fall 2020 seminars will be held in D2L and will unfortunately be unavailable to those who are not a registered student in the Department Seminar course.

Institute Events

The department is affiliated with three PSU research institutes; The Northwest Economic Research Center, Institute for Economics and the Environment, and Initiatives for Community and Disaster Resilience. Each institute has its unique specialization and hosts events throughout the year. Their events can be found at their websites. However, due to the coronavirus, events have been suspended until further notice.