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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 2019 Seminar Series

  • Friday, August 30, 2019 – Jeff Thurk, Notre Dame
  • Friday, September 6, 2019 - James Heckman, University of Chicago
  • Friday, September 13, 2019 - Ronni Pavan, University of Rochester
  • Friday, September 20, 2019 - TBD
  • Friday, September 27, 2019 - Chris Whaley, University of California at Berkeley
  • Friday, October 4, 2019 - Martin Smith, Duke University
  • Friday, October 11, 2019 - Gustavo Torrens, University of Indiana
  • Friday, October 18, 2019 - Jacquelyn Pless, MIT
  • Friday, October 25, 2019 - Clemson Alumni Event
  • Friday, November 1, 2019 - Carl Sanders, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Friday, November 8, 2019 - TBD
  • Friday, November 15, 2019 - Kevin Schnepel, Simon Fraser
  • Friday, November 22, 2019 - Pre-Thanksgiving
  • Friday, November 29, 2019 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 6, 2019 - Caitlin Meyers, Middlebury College

Department News & Events


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

March 5, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m. – Harris Dinner Guest Speaker Dennis Carlton, University of Chicago, to present @ Watt Innovation Auditorium

Dept. of Econ Junior Faculty Workshop – Speaker Robert Gonzalez – University of South Carolina to speak February 27, 2019

JOB MARKET CANDIDATES – John E. Walker Department of Economics is honored to place the following Ph.D. students on the job market for May 2019.

Spring Seminar Series – Friday, February 1, 2019 – Kaiji Chen, Emory University – “Impacts of Monetary Stimulus on Credit Allocation and Macroeconomy: Evidence From China”

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