Department of Economics

edith stein


The PLUS Department of Economics offers an open, collaborative and internationally oriented research and working environment for its members, students and guests. The members of the department share the conviction to use economic reasoning and analysis to address important real world questions, from reducing inequality, advancing a sustainable and healthy life, to better decision making in the digital world. The PLUS Department of Economics was formally established in 2022, but economists have taught and researched at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS) for much longer. The most influential economist working at the PLUS was Friedrich August Hayek. He was Professor in Salzburg from 1968 to 1977 after holding faculty positions at the University of Freiburg, the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics. In 1974, he received the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his pioneering work on price theory. Today, he is also remembered as one of the most important thinkers of liberalism in the 20th century. The Faculty of Law, Business and Economics hosts Hayek’s private economics library.

PLUS Economics at a Glance

By the numbers

The PLUS Department of Economics currently hosts 7 faculty members as well as postdoctoral researchers, doctoral students and administrative staff. About 400 students are enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate courses.

Study programs

The department contributes in teaching to the study programs Philosophy, Politics and Economics (BA), Law and Economics (LLB.oec.), European Union Studies (MA), Management and Economics (MSc) with the track "Empirical Economics and Data Science", as well as Law and Economics (LLM.oec.). We also offer a PhD in Economics (Dr.rer.soec) within the faculty’s doctoral program.


The research of our department members is supported financially by various agencies and institutions including the FWF, FFG and the OeNB.

Picture: © Franz Fuchs