Longtime UT Dallas Professor Named Head of Economics Program
Award-Winning Instructor Hopes to Widen Course Offerings and Increase Number of Students Majoring in Field

Dr. Daniel Arce

Dr. Daniel Arce has taught for 22 years, the last seven of them at UT Dallas. He was recently honored with a UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.

The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) has appointed Dr. Daniel Arce to be head of the economics program, succeeding Dr. James Murdoch.

Arce is a professor of economics and has been a UT Dallas faculty member for seven years.

Dr. Denis Dean, dean of EPPS, said Arce will continue the economic program's trend of excellent leadership.

“He works well with students, faculty and staff, and has the vision necessary to keep the program on track and moving forward,” Dean said. “Dann will contribute not only to the economics program, but to the whole school as well.“

Arce previously served as head of economics from February 2009 to August 2011. During that time, the program launched concentrations in business economics, green economics and international economics.

Arce said he hopes to continue that growth.

“We’re always trying to boost the number of students who major in economics,” he said. “We also plan to increase faculty numbers.”

Murdoch said the program will continue to make significant contributions to the teaching and research missions of the University.

Dr. Arce is a highly respected scholar and outstanding teacher. He has an excellent vision for what the program will become in the future.

Dr. James Murdoch,
professor of economics and public policy

“Dr. Arce is a highly respected scholar and outstanding teacher,” said Murdoch, who is a professor in the department. “He has an excellent vision for what the program will become in the future.”

Arce has taught for 22 years and worked at Rhodes College and the University of Alabama before coming to UT Dallas.

Arce’s teaching was recently recognized with the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. He was one of five UT Dallas faculty members to receive the 2013 award.

His primary research interests include game theory, business ethics, collective action, conflict, corporate governance, global public goods, leadership and terrorism.

Arce serves on the review team for the teaching business ethics section of the Journal of Business Ethics, is the editor of the journal Defence and Peace Economics and serves on the editorial board of The Southern Economic Journal.

A Wall Street Journal article featured Arce’s innovative teaching in the economics classroom, and an article in The Economist discussed his research on terrorism. Arce also contributed cases to Giving Voice to Values, a widely adopted business ethics curriculum.

Arce has a doctorate in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his master’s degree at Western Michigan University and his bachelor’s degree at Olivet College.

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