Bates Econ

Welcome to the Bates Economics web site, where you can find information on the department curriculum, faculty, events, and more.

The 2019 Maine Economics Conference will be held at Bates College

Charlie Kolstad ’69, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Economic Policy Research & Precourt Institute for Energy, and Professor of Economics at Stanford University, will be the keynote speaker for this event. He will talk on “Estimating the Economic Impacts of Climate Change Using Weather Observations.”

RSVP for Attending Conference:  If you are interested in attending the conference (but not in the capacity of a presenter), please RSVP at by Monday, April 2, 2019.  Lunch and dinner will be provided and there is no conference registration fee.  Please indicate, if possible, whether you will be staying for dinner. Please direct all inquiries and correspondence to

Click here for the conference program.

For more information:  7th Maine Economics Conference – April 27, 2019, Saturday

Recent News

March 2019


Congratulations to Lucy Faust on her Fulbright Award!

December 2018

Ngan Dinh ’02 with majors in economics and Asian studies,  who graduated magna cum laude,  was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and won the Ralph J. Chances Prize as the outstanding economics major while here at Bates is now  a key figure in the creation of Fulbright University Vietnam, the first university to bring the liberal arts experience to Vietnamese students.


November 2018

Lynne Lewis, Elmer W. Campbell Professor of Economics, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE). AERE currently has more than 1,000 members from over thirty countries – academic insitutions, the public sector and private industry. AERE also host the top two journals in the field. More information can be found at HERE.