Economics Institute

CSUDH South Bay Economics Institute

Innovative and Forward-Thinking
Economics, Research, and Teaching

What We Do

Mission statement

The Economics Institute at CSUDH aims to lead the South Bay region with innovative and forward-thinking economics education and research. The Economics Institute serves the College of Business Administration and Public Policy faculty and students, as well as community stakeholders by:

  1. Developing CSUDH economics curriculum and teaching while incorporating proven high-impact practices;
  2. Engaging our diverse student body in economic analysis projects through mentoring programs, guest speakers, and community outreach opportunities; and
  3. Facilitating faculty development through economics research resources, grant writing deliverables, and local business and government community engagement.

Read more about how the Economics Institute creates unique research opportunities at CSUDH.

Vision statement

The Economics Institute sees the following future:

  1. An Economics Major developed at CSUDH;
  2. Student Fellows conducting meaningful and innovative economics research with faculty mentorship, and being prepared for graduate school and careers in the field;
  3. A self-sustainable business model based on external grants, certificate programs, and community engagement events;
  4. Faculty engaging in respected economics research which is grounded in the Dominguez Hills community and published in high-level journals.

Learn how the Economics Institute supports CSUDH's mission within the South Bay

Research and Consulting rooted in the South Bay community

  • A total of $2,264,251 grant money since establishing (SBEI faculty are Principal Investigators unless otherwise stated)
  • $1,866,311 from the California Bureau of Cannabis Control for a study on the Cannabis Industry in South Bay Los Angeles (Principal Investigator: Dr. Anthony Samad, Dymally Institute, CSUDH, Co-PI, Dr. Rama Malladi, CBAPP, CSUDH)
  • $190,000 from Mineta Transportation Institute and South Bay Workforce Investment Board for A) a study of telework and flexible working practices in the South Bay, and B) California Freight Competitiveness (Principal Investigator: Dr. Jian-yu Ke, CBAPP, CSUDH)
  • $101,500 from Los Angeles World Trade Center and CSUDH President’s Office to conduct a survey of foreign-owned businesses
  • $45,000 from South Bay Workforce Investment Board for report on the impact of Blockchain on the South Bay economy
  • $21,250 from University Village Housing Development Project to survey faculty and staff about housing issues


  • The Economic Department are developing a new concentration in Economics for the undergraduate business degree, as well as a Master of Science in Financial Economics, both with critical input from the SBEI Advisory Board
  • Student Fellows program – hiring students to gain hands-on research experience
  • SBEF Student Research Competition
  • Economics classes across multiple department at College of Business Administration and Public Policy

Community Outreach

  • Collaborations with South Bay Workforce Investment Board, South Bay Cities Council of Government, County of Los Angeles 2nd District Economic Development, Economic Development departments at numerous South Bay cities, CSUDH Entrepreneurial Institute, CSUDH Innovation Incubator, Torrance Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Center Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

Publications and Technical Reports


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