Mission Statement

UCLA’s Economics Department has two interlocking objectives. We conduct cutting edge research by developing new methodologies and applying them to understand society’s most critical issues. We also seek to train the next generation of economic leaders in the private sector, government and academia.

UCLA is one of the top-ranked economics departments in the world. We have a young and active faculty whose research is shaping policy and informing the public on critical issues affecting the United States and the world. Our work covers a diversity of topics such as the origins and persistence of the Great Depression and its lessons for today’s economy, the relationship between education and health outcomes, cartels and antitrust policy, the economics of health care, and the impact of immigration on labor markets. Many of our faculty have received special recognition for their body of research by election to prestigious institutions such as the National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Econometric Society, or have received such celebrated awards such as the Guggenheim and Sloan Fellowships.

Our undergraduates are equally impressive. They are among the brightest students on campus and consistently go on to find success in the job market and in graduate school. We have approximately 3300 majors at any one time making us the largest among major economics departments across the country and the largest major on campus. Our students come from over 60 countries around the world yet the majority call California their home. Many of our students are the first in their families to attend college and we are proud of them and their accomplishments.

An Economics degree opens the door to a world of opportunities beyond UCLA. Our Alumni play important roles in business, entertainment, and academia. We are proud that many maintain strong ties with UCLA and with the Economics department. Our students attend business schools, law school, medical schools, and graduate schools in a variety of disciplines.

If you are interested in joining our program as an active alumnus or a member of our Board of Visitors please contact Peter Evans.


There is strength in numbers, and the people of UCLA Economics enjoy the benefits of being part of one of the largest and most diverse departments of its type in the world.

Students have the opportunity to pursue unlimited challenges, seek unlimited rewards and discover unlimited possibilities at UCLA Economics, enhanced by the scope of the greater university. Our broad commitment to innovation, scholarship and the betterment of society makes UCLA an ideal setting in which to foster the study of economics.

What’s more, UCLA is a vibrant part of the local and global communities which it serves. Our commitment to cultural engagement affords UCLA Economics students and faculty infinite means through which to apply their study in real-world environments.