Teaching and research by colleagues in the Department of Economics is mainly devoted to structures of the U.S. economy as well as North American economic policies and economic history. They deal not only with domestic economic questions, but with the U.S. in its foreign economic relations as well. As economic developments are partially shaped by political decisions, political institutions, structures, and processes are also taken into view. Two perspectives have produced especially fruitful results:
The teaching program is offered for students of the North American studies curriculum as well as for students of the department of economics and, in part, of the history department. Consequently, the courses and seminars are attended by a broad spectrum of students from these fields. Their diverse perspectives have led to interesting discussions and stimulating scholarly contributions.