Think an economics degree from Temple University might be right for you but aren’t quite ready to apply yet? Take a look at our working paper series, the Center for Competitive Governments, economic data websites, available opportunities and compensation in the field and find out how you can support the Department of Economics.

Working Paper Series

The following pdf contains a series of working papers by faculty in the department. You can download the corresponding Department of Economics at Temple University (DETU) Working Papers in PDF form.

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Center for Competitive Governments

The Center for Competitive Government (formerly the Privatization Research Center) deals with description, evaluation and planning of innovations by government.

Economic Data Websites and More

The folloing pdf provides lists of links to websites that houses economic data and research that may be of interest.

Opportunities and Compensation in Economics

Earnings of Economics Majors in Perspective

Your undergraduate major has a huge influence on your career. Our faculty member Douglas Webber has recently published research on the earnings of about 80 different college majors. The following two links present in PDF form estimates of the median, 25th percentile, and 75th percentile earnings of people who have earned these majors. One table presents these statistics for people who receive a Bachelor’s degree but do not ever get a graduate degree of any type, and the other table includes everyone. At the bottom of each of these tables there is a short description of the method and the sample behind the table as well as a link to the paper by Dr. Webber.

Also, data from the 2010 U.S. Census tells us that Economics majors have some of the best compensated careers. The table below shows a comparison of compensation data for a few selected majors, to put this claim in perspective. The data comes from the digital edition of the Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2011, and it is based on the report What’s it Worth by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Major field Unemployment, 1st 25% earnings, Median earnings, Top 75% earnings.

  • Computer science: 5.6% $50,000 $77,000 $102,000
  • ECONOMICS: 6.3% $42,000 $69,000 $108,000
  • Finance: 4.5% $44,000 $65,000 $101,000
  • Mathematics: 5.0% $42,000 $63,000 $95,000
  • Accounting: 5.4% $41,000 $61,000 $94,000
  • Marketing: 5.9% $40,000 $59,000 $90,000
  • Political Science: 6.0% $38,000 $57,000 $91,000
  • International Business: 8.5% $38,000 $52,000 $87,000

A complementary view on the career prospects of economics majors is seen in data from an aricle on US News by Kelsey Sheehy, September 12, 2012.

Sheehy reports the following numbers, according to salary data from PayScale:

Field Starting pay and Median mid-career pay

  • Government: $41,400- $87,300
  • Political Science: $39,900- $80,100
  • International Relations: $40,500- $79,400
  • Advertising: $37,700- $74,700

Support the Department of Economics

Donations by alumni and supporters in the community are of critical value to the Economics Department. They currently fund a range of student awards that allow student accomplishment to be formally recognized. Your gift can further the Economics Department in a number of ways that the Department Chair would be happy to speak with you about or can be directed as you choose.

If you would like to make a gift to the Economics Department, please call 215-204-7743 and ask to speak with someone in Development. The College of Liberal Arts Development Office will be happy to designate your gift to the department. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. For more information on endowments, memorials and tributes, please visit the Temple University Giving Website or contact the College of Liberal Arts Development Staff.