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UC Irvine economists ask questions like:

What factors influence market booms and busts? In tough economic times, what best sustains a local economy: corporate employers or small businesses? Does innovation in the uranium enrichment process put us at greater risk for nuclear proliferation? Will airline mergers lead to higher airfares?

Their findings impact our day to day quality of life.

Research topics of high policy relevance include effects of freeway toll lanes and minimum wages, the use of "social safety net" programs by legal immigrants who aren't yet citizens, and factors influencing fuel-efficient car purchases.

The 75+ student doctoral program in economics at UCI is among the university's top producers of Ph.D.s. The department encourages interdisciplinary collaboration; students pursuing the Ph.D. may earn a concurrent master's degree through UCI's Department of Statistics and participate in research activities through a number of school-sponsored centers.

UCI economics research findings are regularly published in top economics journals and featured in local and national media. Graduate and faculty research in traffic and congestion, labor, travel, market trends, clean air and alternative energy has influenced public policy from Sacramento to Washington, D.C. and is helping to define innovative solutions to changing societal needs.


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