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The Department of Economics specializes in microeconomic theory, macroeconomics, applied economics, and econometrics.


Economics 101: Free textbook + 1M students = opportunity

With its latest free textbook, Rice University-based OpenStax College is going where no open-education publisher has gone before. Principles of Economics, available online today, is OpenStax College's first book for an introductory course with an annual U.S. enrollment of a more than 1 million students.

Renowned economist Antonio Merlo named chair of Department of Economics

Renowned economist Antonio Merlo will become chair of Rice University's Department of Economics July 1 and also director of the Rice Economics Initiative, a new multiyear plan to enhance economics research and teaching at Rice.

Many Texans struggling to pay for health service as Affordable Care Act is about to launch

Many Texans were struggling to pay for basic health services on the eve of the launch of the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a report released Feb. 19 by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation. The report also found that even those with health insurance reported dissatisfaction with the cost and availability of services. Most Texans expect more of the same in 2014.

Costs for complications from cancer surgical care extremely high

Although complications from surgical care for cancer patients may seem infrequent, the costs associated with such outcomes are extremely high, according to researchers from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Their findings were reported in the Dec. 30 online edition of the journal Cancer.

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