Since its inception in 1975, the Department of Economics (DE) has been an academic hub for quality education, research, and extension in Economics. Committed to equipping students with the tools for theoretical and applied analyses in Economics, the Department began offering the program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree in 1986 and that for the Master of Science in Economics degree in 1999.
DE’s research thrusts have generally dealt with issues relating to resource management, rural development, labor, poverty, trade, and transportation. The results of these undertakings have served as valuable inputs for decision making in the private and public sectors.
As an extension unit, DE offers specialized short courses for groups with specific interests on, among others, general economics, policy analysis, welfare economics, economics of education and human resource development, and resource and environmental economics.
The Department of Economics of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (DE-UPLB) is committed to:
1. play a prominent role in economics education, research, and public service in the Philippines; and
2. contribute to the formulation of local and national economic development plans through problem-oriented research and rigorous academic training that produce influential decision-makers in government, business, and civil society
In keeping with UPLB's leading role in efforts toward a globally competitive Philippines, DE-UPLB seeks to adhere to the international standards of academic excellence by becoming a hub for innovation in economics teaching and research and thereby attain international recognition and attract outstanding faculty and students from the Philippines and other countries.
In pursuant of UPLB’s goal of making its academic programs comparable with the best globally, DE-UPLB endeavors to:
(i) design course offerings that provide both a rigorous economics education and analytical tools necessary for understanding global issues;
(ii) intensify participation of faculty and students in academic discussions through paper presentation at local, national, and international conferences;
(iii) generate financial resources for the continuing education of faculty and staff;
(iv) develop training programs, targeted at prime movers in government and civil society; and
(v) teach the use of economic principles in making decisions and understanding the most pressing issues.