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.

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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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Samson Alva, Ph.D.

Department Chair in Economics, Associate Professor

Economics

samson.alva@utsa.edu

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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, Professor, 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, Professor, 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

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May 22, 2024

Power Shapes Physician Behavior According to Alvarez Researcher

Power is an intangible characteristic that is often hard to measure. A recent study by UTSA faculty member Stephen Schwab tackles this concept while examining how physician care is influenced by power in the U.S. military.

Maren Wilms, M.A. Economics '24

May 4, 2024

From the Rhineland to the Alamo City: Maren Wilms' UTSA Journey

As the spring air fills UTSA’s campus, a sense of accomplishment and anticipation permeates among the graduating class of spring 2024. Among these soon-to-be graduates is Maren Wilms, who will graduate with her Master of Arts in Economics. Her remarkable journey at the Carlos Alvarez College of Business exemplifies academic excellence and athletic prowess.

April 28, 2024

In Memoriam: Founding Economics Faculty Member Dale Truett

Dale Truett, professor emeritus of economics in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business at UTSA passed away this month at the age of 83.