Every day people and societies make choices about how to improve their well-being. We analyze these decisions.

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.

A Message from the Economics Department

The Economics Department was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of one of our majors, Andrew Dorogi ’18. We wish to express our most sincere condolences to his family, friends, and everyone else who knew him. Andrew was a wonderful young man, and he will be deeply missed. (learn more)

Economics Faculty Explore Inclusivity in Undergraduate Economics

In January Amherst College economics faculty members participated in the workshop "Enhancing Inclusivity in Economics at Liberal Arts Colleges" in Philadelphia. Since 2015 economists from eighteen liberal arts colleges including Amherst have been looking at ways of increasing the diversity of economics majors.