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John E. Walker Department of Economics

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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., 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, Walker announced his gift of nearly $7 million to fund the expansion of the department's faculty and the enhancement of its programs. Walker was also instrumental in developing the Walker Golf Course, named after his father, Colonel John E. Walker Sr. ’26.

The John E. Walker Department of Economics mourns the death of Bobby McCormick. Read more about Bobby, including tributes and memories.

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Professor James Heckman: "The Microdynamics of Measurement of Early Childhood Learning"

Professor James Heckman, the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2000, lectured on "The Microdynamics of Measurement of Early Childhood Learning." This video was recorded during the "Economics of Education and Educational Outcomes" sponsored by the John E. Walker Department of Economics. In addition to the presentation by James Heckman, the workshop featured presentations by Joseph Hotz (Duke University), Lesley Turner (Harris School University of Chicago), Orgul Oztuk (University of South Carolina), Melinda Morill (North Carolina State) and Maria Padilla (University of Tennessee).

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