The Department of Economics at USP currently has about a thousand undergraduate students and graduate students who may take advantage of a full university infrastructure. It consists of highly qualified students, selected by the competitive examinations of FUVEST and ANPEC.

It also counts on a full-fledged faculty: more than 60 teachers holding a doctorate degree, most of them having earned their academic degrees abroad, devoted to enhancing learning, furthering knowledge and their ensuing outgrowth in society. 

As a result of the outstanding level both of teachers and students, the Economics Course has always been granted an excellent assessment by specialized publications, having its graduation course scored 7 (out of 7) in the last triennial assessment of CAPES.

The number of applicants per vacancy offered in the FUVEST examination for the Economics Course is pretty high. The Department attracts applicants not only from Brazil but also from abroad.

The Mission of the Department is to develop the knowledge in the area of Economics and foster citizens capable of thinking economic problems as a whole and of acting as ethical professionals. To attain that, the current syllabus of the Economics course seeks to provide prospective professionals with a grounding which regards economic sciences as part of the relations between human beings and social groups. The graduate courses seek the excellence in research and development of professionals who will contribute to the country´s development.

The Vision of Department is to strengthen itself as a prime center for teaching and research, deeply rooted in our history, contributing to the socioeconomic and sustainable development of the country and meeting in a qualified and innovating way the expectations of contemporary society, committed to the furtherance of science, technology and culture in order to increase the quality of life.

The plurality of opinions, a differential feature of the Department of Economics at USP makes it possible to embrace students and teachers from all over the world. The differences in origin, ideology and cultural convictions are valued and encouraged. What matters is to promote the debate of ideas, which can only add to the evolution of each member of our community and of society in general.  

Therefore, its lines of research are truly comprehensive:

• economic development;

• sustainable development;

• econometrics;

• health economics;

• labor and human resource economics

• economics and industrial organization;

• international economics and external commerce;

• monetary and financial economy;

• regional and urban economics;

• finance;

• public finance;

• history of economic ideas;

• macrodynamics  of growth and distribution;

• methodology;

• economic theory;