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Thomas D. Donley

  • Professor
  • Department of Economics
  • (312) 362-8887
  • 1 E. Jackson Blvd.
    DePaul Center 6206
    Chicago, IL 60604

Academic Degrees

PhD University of Wisconsin, Economics, 1993
MS University of Wisconsin, Economics, 1987
MA University of Illinois, Economics, 1985
BA University of Illinois, Economics, 1980


Thomas Donley is a Professor of Economics at DePaul University. Thomas served as the Chairman of the Economics Department from 2007-2016 and has been at DePaul since 1990. Donley's research interests lie primarily in applied microeconomics and with special interest in labor markets and wage determination as well as applied econometrics. His work has been published in a variety of journals including the Journal of Legal Economics and the Journal of Consumer Affairs.

Donley received his bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Illinois–Urbana in 1980. He went on to receive his MA in Economics at the University of Illinois–Chicago in 1985. He earned both his MS and PhD in Economics from University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1987 and 1993.

Donley has taught over a dozen different courses at DePaul both at the graduate and undergraduate level. The courses range from introductory principles of economics for undergraduates to microeconomics for the MBA students and public economics for the MS in Economics and Policy Analysis students.​