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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.

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Fall 2019 Seminar Series

  • Friday, November 22, 2019 - Justin Cook, University of California, Merced
  • Friday, November 29, 2019 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 6, 2019 - Caitlin Meyers, Middlebury College

Spring 2020 Seminar Series

  • Friday, January 24, 2020 - Jeffrey Smith, University of Wisconsin
  • Friday, January 31, 2020 - Carl Kitchens, Florida State
  • Friday, February 21, 2020 - Chris Walters, UC - Berkeley
  • Friday, February 28, 2020 - Todd Schoellman, Minneapolis Fed
  • Friday, March 6, 2020 - Melinda Miller, Virginia Tech
  • Friday, March 13, 2020- Marcus Casey, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Friday, March 20, 2020 - Spring Break
  • Friday, March 27, 2020 - Rossella Calvi, Rice
  • Friday, April 3, 2020 - Harris Dinner Guest Speaker Richard Rogerson, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
  • Friday, April 10, 2020 - Jacquelyn Pless, MIT
  • Friday, April 17, 2020 - TBD
  • Friday, April 24, 2020 - Analisa Packham, Vanderbilt

Department News & Events


JOB MARKET CANDIDATES – John E. Walker Department of Economics is honored to place the following Ph.D. students on the job market for May 2020.

Department of Economics Guest Speaker Gustavo Torrens, Friday, October 18, 2019 – “Hidden Drivers of Violence Diffusion: Evidence from Illegal Oil Siphoning in Mexico”

The John E. Walker Department of Economics is hosting the President of The Remnant Trust, Inc., Kristophor Bex on September 25, 2019

Fall Seminar – Aug. 30, 2019 – Jeff Thurk, University of Notre Dame

Spring Seminar Series – Ruediger Bachmann, University of Notre Dame – April 5, 2019 @ 3:30 p.m. Sirrine 302

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