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Economics Alumni receives 2018 Chicago Illini of the Year Award

Steven Thayer, '88 Economics, received award at a dinner in Chicago, April 3, 2018. Read more here





4th Annual Homecoming Tailgate

Economics Department hosted it's 4th annual Homecoming tailgate on 10/29/16 with many students, alumni, staff and friends in attendance!   Event highlights


Student/Alumni Social Hour

Economics alumni attend social hour hosted by Economics Student Ambassadors on 10/28/16.   Event highlights


Brazilian Alumna Toros speaks to students

Distinguished alumna, Fernanda Toros, from Brazil speaks Economics students on October 18, 2016.  Event highlights


In memory of Werner Baer

Alumni, colleagues and family gathered to honor the late Professor Werner Baer at a private memorial service hosted by the family and also a conference in his honor on October 16, 17, and 18th, 2016. Event highlights

Economics Phd students receiving the Paul Boltz Fellowship award had the honor of attending a luncheon with special guest Cathy Boltz on 10/6/16. More information about the award can be found at:…/…/BoltzLunchSummary.aspx




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A special thank you...

to our convocation speaker, Dr. Maria Otoo and alumni participants. Read more about Convocation 2016 here.


Alumni award recipients announced at 2016 GRADUATE Awards Banquet


See highlights and alumni award and scholarship recipients for for 2016 undergraduate students 





Alumni award recipients announced at 2016 UNDERGRADATE Awards Banquet


See highlights and alumni award and scholarship recipients for for 2016 undergraduate students 





Aon and BP alumni and staff host Econ students for fieldtrip



Read more about recent economics student field trip to Aon and BP in Chicago at link below. Interested in hosting a student field trip at your firm or hearing more about what this entails? Contact


In memoriam of Fred Gottheil




It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Fred Gottheil on April 17, 2016.  He touched so many lives throughout his and will be hugely  missed!  More about his life and to leave memories about him, please follow this link


In memoriam of Werner Baer

BaerPhoto: Ryan Fang/The Daily Illini

It is with much sadness that we share the news that Professor Werner Baer passed away March 31, 2016 following a sudden and brief illness. The Department and University have lost an enormous contributor to the common good: A talented person with a passion for teaching and research, and also simply a passion for life. Please visit our blog to leave comments and/or share memories (bottom of page).

Economics masters alum and "Former Lost Boy... joins State Department"

Gai Nyok completed a Master in Policy Economics (MSPE) at the University of Illinois in 2015. Read more here



Econ masters and doctoral alum named as Senior VP of NERA Economic Consulting

NERA Economic Consulting, a leading global provider of economic advice and analysis in business, legal, and regulatory matters, is pleased to announce that Dr. Agustin Ros has been promoted to Senior Vice President. Dr. Ros holds both a masters and a doctorate from the Economics Department at the University of Illinois


Convocation 2015 photos are available! Information here

Special thanks to Chief Justice Rita Garman! Read more

Econometric Game 2014 Team

In Memoriam: Paul W. Boltz

Paul Boltz

The Department of Economics’ family at the University of Illinois is deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of our distinguished alumni,

Dr. Paul Boltz on February 2, 2015.

Before attending the University of Maryland for his undergraduate degree, Dr. Boltz served in the Army at the National Security Agency during the Vietnam War. He received his Master’s in Economics in 1971 and his Ph.D. in Economics in 1974 both from the University of Illinois. Following his education, Paul worked for the Council of Economic Advisors, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Continental Illinois National Bank in Chicago, and ended his career as vice president and chief economist with T. Rowe Price Associates in Baltimore.

Over the years he has helped to contribute to the growth of the Economics Department by serving on both the Business Advisory Council and the Economics Development Council and by sponsoring the Paul W. Boltz Fellowship Fund to “attract, motivate, and reward graduate students in economics who show exceptional promise for careers in academia or business. " Dr. Boltz was also a presenter at the 100th anniversary of the Department of Economics seminar.

More about the life and career of Dr. Boltz is found in the obituary from the Naples Daily News attached here.

Featured Alumni: Alumni Veterans!!

We are currently looking for alumni of our department who are either military veterans or serving on active duty. If you have served, we would like to include you on our Military Feature page as a thank you for serving our country. Please fill out this short survey by clicking here or contact us at with further questions. THANK YOU!


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