Over the past 60 years, the Department of Economics has been led by several different professors who are now retired.
Although retired, the following are still a large part of what shapes the Department of Economics today:
Williard B. Doxey received his Bachelors as well as his masters of economics from the University of Utah in 1937 and 1947, respectively. He then attended the University of California at Berkeley where he received his Ph.D. in 1956. Dr. Doxey first taught at the University of Maryland and then at BYU. Dr. Doxey served a mission in Germany and was a member of the US Army during WWII. He was an extensive traveler and loved fishing, reading, and classical music. Dr. Doxey passed away in January of 1995.
Rulon Pope has held positions at University of California, Davis, and Texas A&M University prior to coming to BYU in 1982. He received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1976 in the Department of Agricultural Economics. His areas of research include: agricultural economics, econometrics, and microeconomic theory. He is a fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and has served on editorial boards and as associate editor of the Association's journal, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. He has been President of the Western Agricultural Economics Association and has received a number of research awards from these two professional associations. He is a recipient of the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award and holds the Warren and Wilson Dusenberry Professorship. His current areas of teaching are agricultural economics, microeconomic theory, and international trade.