We teach students to apply data, empirical methods and economic theory to study real-world events. Nearly two-thirds of Amherst graduates have taken our introductory course. We are proud to count two Nobel laureates among our alumni.
Study the central problem of scarcity and how micro- and macroeconomic systems allocate scarce resources among competing ends and apportion goods produced among people.
Survey the recent wave of financial globalization and assess both its merits and potential risks, and examine increased rate of economic growth as a powerful tool in alleviating poverty.
Examine the literature on well-being in both micro- and macroeconomic contexts, and examine your own consumption decisions and your beliefs about the attainment of happiness.