The undergraduate program of the Economics Department is one of the largest undergraduate programs at Rice.

Professor and student conversing
Professor and student conversing


The graduate program offers a PhD in Economics  and a Masters in Energy Economics.   

Ted Loch-Temzelides Rice University Professor of Economics Economist Macroeconomics
Ted Loch-Temzelides Rice University Professor of Economics Economist Macroeconomics


Faculty members are actively engaged in innovative research and effective teaching.


About Us

The Department of Economics, located in the Rice University's School of Social Sciences, is a center of excellence for research and teaching in economics.  Its faculty, engaged in cutting-edge research and effective teaching, is committed to the advancement of knowledge in all areas of economics and to foster a better understanding of the importance of economic research in the formulation and assessment of public policy.   

Following the launch of the Rice Initiative for the Study of Economics (RISE), and the ensuing expansion of its faculty, the department has established itself as a world-leading institution for structural empirical microeconomics. The structural approach to empirical economics emphasizes the importance of a rigorous combination of economic theory, econometrics and data analysis to address substantively important issues in all areas of economics.

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Department Highlights

Economics students, faculty honored at RISE ceremony

The Economics Department held its fifth annual RISE Day Economics awards celebration – and the first and hopefully  last virtual version – on Wednesday May 13, 2020, during which departmental awards were presented to undergraduate students, Ph.D.

Qatar recognizes Rice’s Medlock for educating future energy leaders

Ken Medlock, right, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, was recognized by Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, former deputy prime minister and energy minister of Qatar and a longtime global energy industry leader, with an award for the advancem