Economics is a fundamental discipline that provides the foundation for other areas of study, such as finance, strategy, marketing and operations. Economic research provides critical insights into all aspects of business and public policy. 

Faculty members in the Business Economics and Public Policy area are experts in a wide range of topics including economic organization and contracting, antitrust, regulation, energy, environmental policy and sustainability, international trade and finance, developing economies, entrepreneurship, taxation and healthcare.  Courses in this area help students apply the rigor of economic logic to understand consumer behavior, firm strategy and the impact of public policies on individuals, organizations, and social welfare. 

Thomas Buchmueller, Chair

Cheryl Strickland, Faculty Support Administrator

Business Economics Faculty Directory


Tom Buchmueller is a health economist whose research focuses on the economics of health insurance and related public policy issues.  His recent work has examined the relationship between employer-sponsored insurance and labor market outcomes, interactions between the public sector and private insurance markets and consumer demand for health insurance.

Business & Economics PhD Program

The PhD program in Business and Economics is a joint degree offered by the Ross School of Business and the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan.

The goal of the joint program is to prepare scholars who will receive the best training in the theoretical and methodological approaches used in economics combined with the specific training in business applications offered at the business school.  The program is designed to serve students who have interests in broad microeconomic research areas of relevance to business, including Industrial Organization, and business-related topics in Labor, Environmental, Health, International, and Development Economics.  

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Business Economics at Michigan Ross


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Business Economics Courses

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Business Economics courses


Winter 2015 Seminar Series. For additional information on BE Seminar Series, please contact Professor Handley, organizer.


OTPR supports and disseminates academic research on all aspects of the tax system, with the goal of informing discussion about the future course of policy.


The Hosmer-Hall Interdisciplinary Research Luncheons bring Ross faculty together to discuss current research projects.


A partnership with the School of Natural Resources and Environment, the Erb Institute fosters sustainable enterprise through research and education.


The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Discover how the Ford School combines the values of community, integrity, service, action, and leadership to advance and improve our world.

University of Michigan Economics

Learn how a strong grounding in economic theory and application can help you understand behavior and evaluate policy.