Welcome to the Department of Economics at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Located in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business, we are a member of the American Society of Hispanic Economists. Striving for excellent teaching and scholarly research accomplishment, our full-time faculty members are well respected in their various research fields.

Department Office
Main Campus,  Business Building (BB) , 4.01.10
Monday thru Friday | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
210-458-4315

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Contact

Samson Alva, Ph.D.

Department Chair in Economics, Associate Professor

Economics

samson.alva@utsa.edu

Department Profile

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Degree Programs

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First Gen

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MA in Economics Program

Learn state-of-the-art quantitative methods, gain relevant experience with applied analytical tools and graduate with a competitive edge. Earn your master’s degree in economics from the top-ranked business school in San Antonio.

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Economics Brown Bag Research Workshops

Attend an upcoming brown bag research workshop to support faculty and doctoral students as they present early-stage research projects to collect feedback.

Economics Faculty

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Samson Alva, Ph.D.

Department Chair in Economics, Associate Professor, Economics

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Ashley Arriaga

Lecturer, Economics

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Alper Arslan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Economics

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David Beheshti, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Economics

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Hamid Beladi, Ph.D.

Janey S. Briscoe Endowed Chair in Business, Economics

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Leslie Doss

Associate Professor of Practice, Economics

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Fathali Firoozi, Ph.D.

Professor, Economics

Shakira Johnson

Shakira Flores

Assistant Professor of Practice, Economics

Edgar Ghossoub

Edgar Ghossoub, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Economics

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Carl Gustafson

Lecturer, Economics

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Don Lien, Ph.D.

Richard S. Liu Distinguished Chair in Business, Economics

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Edmund Luquette

Lecturer, Economics

Jonathan Moreno-Medina

Jon Moreno-Medina, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Economics

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Mohammed Partapurwala

Lecturer, Economics

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Keith Phillips, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Practice, Economics

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Viviana Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Economics

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Bulent Temel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Practice, Economics

Rodrigo Velez

Rodrigo Velez, Ph.D.

Professor, Economics

Natassa Zervou

Natassa Zervou, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Economics

Latest Economics News

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July 28, 2023

Meet A Roadrunner: Emmanuel Collingwood

Published by Alvarez College of Business

Meet Emmanuel Collingwood, an undergraduate finance student minoring in economics in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business!

January 31, 2023

Pre-Ph.D. Students Participate in The PhD Project Conference

Published by Alvarez College of Business

Two UTSA Carlos Alvarez College of Business graduate students attended The PhD Project‘s annual conference in Chicago last year. The participants were Veronica Diaz, a MBA student, and Holly King, ’22 a graduate student in the master’s of economics program. They were two of only 180 students selected to participate nationwide.

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June 2, 2022

Two Students Selected to Join Alvarez Fellows Research Program

Published by Alvarez College of Business

The Carlos Alvarez College of Business at UTSA has selected two business students to join the Alvarez Fellows Undergraduate Research Program for spring 2022. The new fellows are Shawn Marchand, a junior information systems major, and Luis Nino, a junior economics and finance major.