Economics Department

Washington and Lee's Department of Economics seeks to give its students a fundamental understanding of economic processes and institutions with an emphasis on the liberal arts. Students in the department learn to think critically using the analytical tools of economic study, allowing them to apply economic theory to economic and social issues.

With the empirical tools of the discipline, students also develop an ability to evaluate the validity of theoretical predictions made by scholars in their field. Additionally, the department fosters a strong capacity to communicate in its students, making graduates well-suited to address complex issues in today's world.


Michael Smitka, Professor of Economics, Washington and Lee University

Friday, August 21, 2015

Mike Smitka Quoted in The Street

Mike Smitka, professor of economics, was quoted by the business website, The Street, Aug. 20 in a story about foreign investors' trust in Japanese companies in the wake of a Toshiba Corp....

Michael Smitka, Professor of Economics, Washington and Lee University

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Smitka Discusses Auto Financing on WalletHub

Mike Smitka, professor of economics at Washington and Lee University, discusses auto financing in WalletHub. Smitka answers questions on the best time of year to buy a car; whether auto financing...