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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.

Spring 2019 Seminar Series

  • Friday, January 25, 2019 - Matthias Kehrig, Duke University
  • Friday, February 1, 2019 - Kaiji Chen, Emory University
  • Friday, February 8, 2019 - Kerwin Charles, canceled - new date TBA
  • Friday, February 15, 2019 – Brian Albrecht, University of Minnesota
  • Friday, February 22, 2019 - Paul Kupiec (AEI)
  • Friday, March 1, 2019 - Renee Fry-McKibbin, Australian National University
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - Harris Dinner Guest Speaker Dennis Carlton, University of Chicago
  • Friday, March 15, 2019 - Meredith Rhodes, Louisiana State University
  • Friday, March 22, 2019 - Spring Break
  • Friday, March 29, 2019 - Melinda Pitts, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Friday, April 5, 2019 - Rudi Bachman, Notre Dame
  • Friday, April 12, 2019 - Kevin Schnepel, Simon Fraser
  • Friday, April 19, 2019 - Richard Baillie, Michigan State
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - Kei-Mu Yi, University of Houston
  • Friday, April 26, 2019 - Chris Walters, University of California - Berkeley

Department News & Events

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

Spring Seminar Series – Matthias Kehrig, Ph.D. – Duke University – January 25, 2019 – The Micro-Level Anatomy of the Labor Share Decline

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.

Forbes Article: How SMBs Are Responding To Today’s Tariff Pressures

Fall Seminar Series: November 2, 2018 – Spencer Banzhaf, Georgia State – “Capitalization as a Two-Part Tariff: The Role of Zoning”

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