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The John E. Walker Department of Economics

Economics is a way of thinking about every aspect of human behavior, from the management of a business firm to the raising of children. At its core, the "economic approach" is the application of the basic principles of rational choice to business decisions, public policy issues, and everyday life. Economics majors become adept at thinking logically, which prepares them for success in the widest possible variety of occupations.

About John E. Walker

John E. Walker ’58 has been both an economics professor and a highly successful entrepreneur. Founder of Andesa TPA Inc., Dr. Walker is a pioneer of the information economy, whose business vision was a direct outgrowth of his economics training. Because of his belief in the fundamental importance of economics as a field of study and his dedication to Clemson, in October 2001, Dr. Walker announced his gift of nearly $7 million to fund the expansion of the department's faculty and the enhancement of its programs. Dr. Walker was also instrumental in developing the Walker Golf Course, named after his father, Colonel John E. Walker Sr. ’26.

Fall 2018 Seminar Series

  • September 28, 2018 - Michael McBride, UC-Irvine
  • October 5, 2018 - Prashant Bharadwaj, UCSD
  • October 19, 2018 - Joshua Tucker, NYU
  • October 26, 2018 - Robert McCormick, Clemson
  • November 2, 2018 - Spencer Banzhaf, Georgia State
  • November 9, 2018 - James R. Lothian, Fordham University
  • November 16, 2018 - Anna Chorniy, Princeton University
  • November 29, 2018 - Ezra Oberfield, Princeton
  • November 30, 2018 - Amanda Agan, Rutgers
  • December 7, 2018 - Evan Taylor, University Chicago

Department News & Events


Thomas Hazlett argues for speed over perfection in defining spectrum property rights — and supporting competition and innovation in wireless technology. Bloomberg BNA (Sept. 19, 2018) *Click Here for Link**

Professor Gerald Dwyer to discuss Federal Reserve Policy at the American Enterprise Institute -Friday, October 5, 2018 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm **Click here for more info & link to register**

Fall Seminar Series – Michael McBride, Friday, September 28, 2018 – Beliefs also Make Social-norm Preferences Social

Fall Seminar – Bryan Leonard – Friday, September 7, 2018 – The Effects of Inaccessible Public Land and Local Economies in the American West

Hayek Center hosts economist John Tamny on September 12, 2018

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