News and Views from the Economics Department at Rice
We are excited to be starting a new school year,
and delighted to report several more changes
in the Economics Department that will further
enhance the learning experience of our students.
Most importantly, we hired two new faculty
members over the summer, which means that
we have expanded our faculty by seven internationally recognized scholars and outstanding
teachers in the past two years. Former Rice
undergraduate Jeremy T. Fox (Baker ‘98) joins
us as an Associate Professor of Economics.
He received his Ph.D. in Economics from
Stanford University in 2003. Before joining
Rice, Professor Fox taught at the University of
Chicago and the University of Michigan.
As discussed in our last newsletter which
announced the details of our new ECON and
MTEC majors, all economics majors will be
required to take our new Principle of Economics
(ECON 100). This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the basic concepts in
microeconomics and macroeconomics for both
majors and non-majors. Star lecturer James P.
DeNicco was hired solely to teach ECON 100
and joins Rice as the Director of the Principles of
“I am very excited to join Rice’s amazing
Economics Department and hopefully make Rice
students’ introduction to college level economics
a valuable and enjoyable experience,” DeNicco
said. “I aim to convert students into Economics
comes to Rice from
the University of
Tampa and has also
taught at Drexel
University where he
was recognized with
an Outstanding Ph.D. Instructor Award by the
Lebow College of Business.
I aim to convert
George Zodrow, director
of undergraduate studies in
economics and Rice’s Allyn
R. and Gladys M. Cline
Professor of Economics, said
Fox’s expertise in industrial
and labor economics will perfectly complement
the research interests of the ever-expanding
“We are delighted to welcome Rice alumnus
Jeremy Fox to the Economics department
this fall,” said Zodrow. “I am sure that his
wide-ranging teaching experience will be
reflected in some excellent course offerings for
both our undergraduate and graduate students.
We would like to welcome our newest faculty
member back to life inside the hedges!”
For additional details, see: ECONOMICS ON
THE RISE: Undergraduate Program jumps to No.
14 in the College Factual Rankings
We wish all of our current and prospective majors
the best of luck in the upcoming school year!
SAVE the DATE!
join us for the
Monday, September 21, 2015
FALL ADVISING HOURS
4:00-5:00, James Brown, BKH 250
We are also delighted to report that the
Economics Department has moved up dramatically in the most recent (June 2015) ranking of U.S.
undergraduate Economics programs by College
Factual, an organization that uses outcomes-based
data to guide students through the college selection process. The Rice Economics program is now
ranked 14th in the nation, up from the No. 50 spot
two years ago. Zodrow called the announcement
1 2:30-2:00, George Zodrow, BKH 260
1:30-3:00, Flávio Cunha, BKH 270
2:00-3:30, Peter Hartley, BKH 262
ORDER YOUR ECON
NEW COURSE CURRICULUM
ECON DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
MTEC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS