Stephen J. Conroy, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics

I am currently Faculty Director of the Center for Peace and Commerce and Professor of Economics at the University of San Diego, located in San Diego, California. You may reach me by email at or by telephone at (619) 260-7883. My office is in Coronado, Rm. 108 (in the southwest corner of the campus).

The courses I am teaching this summer are:

Office hours for Summer 2014: By appointment.

MHI Presentation on September 30, 2013 in Carlsbad, CA

Presidential Elections and the U.S. Economy--Presentation October 2012

Entrepreneur Hangout with Elon Musk and Richard Branson

Travel at USD

To provide feedback on one of my courses click here

The University of San Diego's undergraduate business program was ranked 36th among all universities by Business Week in 2011. Click here for USD's profile.

USD's Undergraduate Program was recently ranked 1st in the nation for study abroad participation (in our Carnegie classification, Ph.D. granting institutions) by the Institute of International Education!

One of the coolest videos on statistics you may ever see!

Best Restaurants, Hotels, etc. in San Diego (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Quicklinks to sections within this web page:
  1. Courses I am currently teaching
  2. My CV, Publications and Achievements
  3. Academic Advising at USD
  4. Considering an Economics Major
  5. Career Information for Economics Majors
  6. Considering Attending Graduate School
  7. Letters of Recommendation
  8. Interesting Books, Articles and Podcasts
  9. Economics Links
  10. Microfinance Links
  11. Papers and Presentations
  12. Weather, Travel and Special Interests
  13. Accessing Email at USD
  14. Web Design Links
  15. My BIO, Photos and Personal Interests
  16. Contact Information

Selected Publications and Achievements

For a current list of publications and achievements, see my curriculum vitae (CV) .

You may click on the following links to access some of my publications:

Academic Advising at USD

Go to my USD Academic Advising Web Page.

Considering an Economics Major or Minor?

Career Information for Economics Majors

Considering Attending Graduate or Professional School?

    A few helpful hints for those who are considering attending graduate or professional school:
  • Read this Document I have prepared on the topic.
  • Before doing anything else, check the job market in your prospective field to see what current/future conditions are--in terms of salaries, hiring practices, etc.
  • Consult reliable sources (e.g. Peterson's Guide) to determine the rankings of graduate programs.
  • Prepare to apply to some of the very best, some average programs and even a few less-desireable programs just in case. Generally speaking, you should attend the highest-rated program you possibly can. As the saying goes, "Pedigree is everything!"
  • Prepare to take the relevant entrance exam(s) in advance to provide an opportunity for preparation.
  • Ask professors in advance to see if they can write letters of recommendation for you (see next section).
  • Exam scores, grades and letters of recommendation (usually in that order) are the most important ways to distinguish yourself among other prospective candidates.
  • One of the best ways in which to distinguish yourself among graduate school applicants is to participate in research projects. I encourage you to participate in USD's Student Research and Internship Conference in the Spring. Recent award winners can be found by clicking here
  • Consider approaching faculty members in your area to discuss publishing or presenting a paper at a conference.
  • The Career Center at USD may also be helpful.

Letters of Recommendation

  • If you would like for me to write a letter of recommendation for you, please read and complete the instructions in this Document.

Interesting Books, Articles and Podcasts

Economics Links


Papers and Presentations


Weather, Travel and Special Interests

Accessing Email at USD

Web Design

Personal: BIO, Photos and Personal Interests

Brief Bio:


Personal Interests:

While I have many personal interests, one of these is watching USC football games each fall. Go to for a tribute to USC's 2005 season, for a tribute to USC's 2002 victory over Notre Dame . . . or for a tribute to USC's 2003 season.
Here are some links to the school songs, like Fanfare, Tribute to Troy (this is the one that opposing teams get tired of hearing played over and over!), Fight Song, and Conquest (played after touchdowns as the Trojan and horse race down the Coliseum!).

How to Contact Me

If you would like to contact me, you may do so by email or by calling (619) 260-7883.