Reseach & Intellectual Community at OSU


Our department contributes to and benefits from the vigor and diversity of intellectual and academic resources at The Ohio State University (OSU).  Our faculty members have fostered interdisciplinary appointments and research contacts with the Departments of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Statistics as well as with the School of Public Policy, the College of Business, the College of Public Health, and the College of Law.  Ph.D. students in the Departments of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, Accounting, and Finance usually take our first-year core courses, including qualifier exams.  The Department of Economics maintains working relationships with various research centers and institutes on campus.  Graduate students as well as faculty members have opportunities to work with data on various original research projects at these research centers and programs.  There has been a steady flow of dissertation research using their data and organizational resources. 

 We are actively involved in the two interdisciplinary research initiatives sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.  Our resident experts in behavioral and experimental economics belong to the OSU Behavioral Decision Making Initiative, and our labor economists are involved in the Initiative in Population Research to study the health and family outcomes of children, adults, and communities.  Our traditional ties to research centers include Center for Survey Research, which is engaged in collecting extensive panel data and survey data such as consumer confidence and consumer finance, and OSU Mershon Center, an interdisciplinary center for the study of international security and public policy.  The Department of Economics has managed Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR) since its founding years.  CHRR is a policy-oriented, multidisciplinary research organization, whose programs are concerned with a wide range of contemporary policy problems and research topics related to labor, manpower, human resource management and demographic aspects of national economy at all levels.  CHRR is best known for the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience (NLS), which has over 40 years served researchers worldwide.  A dozen of our faculty members and graduate students currently work on projects at the Center, and Randy Olsen of our faculty is the CHRR Director. 

Our ties to other research facilities include research institutions located adjacent to the OSU campus but not directly affiliated with OSU.  Two major presence include the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRIand Battelle Memorial InstituteNRRI focuses on issues associated with the regulation and economics of public utilities.  Faculty members and graduate students interested in economics of regulation and industrial organization have used the NRRI data sources and facilities for their research.  One of the world’s largest nongovernmental research institutes, Battelle offers programs of interest to economists.  Columbus is the state capital and also a center for banking and insurance industries. The Department of Economics tries to promote close connections with these local research, business, and government institutions.