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Business Economics and Public Policy:
Addressing the Big Issues.

Economics provides the foundation for the study of business, teaching students to understand consumer behavior, firm strategy, and the impact of public policy. Our faculty conduct research that provides critical insights into topics like healthcare, sustainability, and taxation.

Business Economics and Public Policy Faculty and Leadership

The expertise of our faculty spans a wide range of topics including contracting, antitrust, regulation, energy, environmental policy, international trade, developing economies, and entrepreneurship.

Jagadeesh Sivadasan, Chair  
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Shawna Sloan, Faculty Support Administrator   
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Business Economics & Public Policy Faculty

Buzz and Judy Newton Professor of Business Administration
Area Chair, Business Economics and Public Policy
Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
Business Economics and Public Policy News and Research
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Business and Economics PhD Program

The PhD in business and economics is a joint degree offered by Michigan Ross and the Department of Economics in the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts. The program combines theoretical and methodological approaches with training in business applications — serving students interested in labor, environmental, health, international, and development economics.  


Explore course offerings by core/elective, terms offered, and primary degree program.

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Office of Tax Policy Research

The Office of Tax Policy Research supports and disseminates academic research on all aspects of the tax system, with the goal of enriching discussions of public policy.

Office of Tax Policy research

Centers, Institutes, and Initiatives

More than a dozen specialized centers and institutes housed at Michigan Ross enrich the student experience, support vital research, and advance business.

A partnership between Michigan Ross and the School for Environment and Sustainability, the Erb Institute fosters sustainable enterprise through research, education, and direct engagement with businesses.

An independent, nonprofit organization housed at Michigan Ross, WDI is guided by its founding principle that thriving businesses drive economic development and improve social welfare in low- and middle-income countries.

The Business+Impact initiative provides leaders with practical skills and insight to tackle complex social challenges, and plays a critical role in furthering the Ross mission to build a better world through business.

University of Michigan Partners

One of our greatest strengths is the interdisciplinary and collaborative mindset for which the entire University of Michigan is widely recognized. 

The LSA Department of Economics is an international leader in applied, theoretical, and methodological economic research and teaching.

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

The business economics and public policy area sponsors a number of events throughout the year, including the Business Economics Seminar Series.