Flexible Grading Option in Spring 2020

The Economics department will accept "P" grades from Spring 2020 to count towards the major requirements. This is a one-time only exception that will apply only to grades from Spring 2020 semester.
More specific questions that you have should be directed to your economics adviser.

Declaring an Economics Major Remotely

While the college is operating remotely for the Spring 2020 semester, the economics department is offering the option of declaring the major via a Google Form. Please check the link below to learn what documentation you need to submit and complete the form online to begin the major declaration process.

Professor Hyman published in JPAM

Professor Hyman was recently published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management: Can Light-Touch College-Going Interventions Make a Difference? Evidence from a Statewide Experiment in Michigan.

The issue is available to read in Nicholson Commons (Converse 306).

Senior Honors Recital by Audrey Cheng 20

Dual Economics/Music major Audrey Cheng will perform her senior honors recital Transcendence on Friday, March 27 at 7PM in Buckley Recital Hall.

Free and open to the public

Economics students attend Sadie Alexander conference

Three students who attended Sadie Alexander Conference in Washington DC
(l to r): N Semwaga 22, M Roberts 23, C Henry 22

"Vision 20/20: Restore, Revive, Reclaim"

In February the Economics Department sponsored three students to attend the second annual Sadie T.M. Alexander Conference for Economics and Related Fields in Washington DC. Natasha Semwaga '22, Maya Roberts '23 and Cynthia Henry '22 attended keynotes and break-out sessions at the Urban Institute and reported there were exciting opportunities for learning and networking. The conference is presented by the Sadie Collective - per their website: "Founded by Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman and Fanta Traore, and co-led by an incredible team of young Black women, the Sadie Collective is named after Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, the first African American to earn her doctoral degree in economics in 1921 from the University of Pennsylvania... ​Our organization aims to bring together Black women at different stages in their academic and/or professional careers in quantitatively demanding fields such as economics, finance and public policy. The Collective provides resources, programs and a community to Sadie Collective members and advocates for broader visibility in the field."

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Spring 20 Economics Drop-in Hours

The Department of Economics is holding Drop-in Hours this semester for students to meet with student TAs and review Intro, Macro and Micro and Econometrics Sundays 7-9PM in McCaffrey Room (Keefe), Mon-Wed 7-9PM in Nicholson Commons (Converse 306).

Please see link below for more information on locations

Spring 20: ECON 111 and ECON 111E Discussion sections

If you are registering for ECON 111 or ECON 111E please note the corresponding discussion sections (DIS) that go with each lecture (LEC)

Available ECON 111 Sections for Spring 2020
ECON 111-01 LEC TTh 2:30-3:50 DIS Wed 1-1:50, 2-2:50, 3-3:50 ECON 111F-01/02/03
ECON 111-02 LEC MW 12:30-1:50 DIS Th 2:30-3:20 ECON 111F-04
ECON 111E* LEC TTh 11:30-12:50 DIS F 11-11:50 ECON 111F-05

*An Introduction to Economics with Environmental Applications


STATA TA Spring office hours

STATA TA Ricardo Salas Díaz will be available in our computer lab (Converse 311)
Tuesdays 2:30-4:30PM and Wednesdays 12:00-2:00PM this semester.

Ricardo is an economics PhD student at UMass.

Professor Theoharides class on migration in Amherst News

Professor Caroline Theoharides Fall 2019 course, Economics of Migration is featured in recent news about Amherst College.

Economics Dept. Summer Fellowships for Sophomore and Junior majors

Sophomore and Junior economics majors (and first-semester senior majors in "E" classes) are invited to apply for the economics department's Summer Fellowship Program.  The program awards fellowship money to supplement salaries at approved economic research institutions for summer internships of no less than eight weeks of full-time employment. 

 Currently the fellowship program supplements summer salaries up to the amount of $4,500 for approved internships.  For example, an economics department fellow who works at a volunteer internship at an approved institution would be awarded a $4,500 fellowship from the department.  A fellow earning $2,000 at an approved institution would be awarded a $2,500 fellowship from the department.

Visiting Lecturer Georgiou on Statistical Ethics

Andreas Georgiou's article Statistical Ethics and the Way Forward in Statistical Practice was recently presented at an April 2019 conference in Germany on Data Analytics where he was a keynote speaker.

Journal of Economic Perspectives recommended articles for student reading

In 2018 the Journal of Economic Perspectives (JEP) from the American Economics Association asked members to share articles they use in their course syllabi. Their findings were compiled in the Summer 2019 issue and can be found under the Resources tab in our department menu.

Sen. Kamala Harris cites Prof. Hyman's Research in Democratic Debate

Senator Kamala Harris cited the results of a study by Professor Josh Hyman during the September 12th Democratic Debate that black students who have a black teacher during elementary school are more likely to attend college.

You can read Prof. Hyman's study here.

Lucas Davis 96 on new Mexican environmental policy

Lucas Davis 96, Professor in Business and Technology at the Haas School of Business at the UC Berkeley recently presented on Mexico Goes Backward on Renewables.

Julia Turner 19 joins School Effectiveness & Inequality Initiative

Class of 2019 graduate Julia Turner has joined the School Effectiveness & Inequality Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Research Fellow. Julia's senior honors thesis was titled, "The Impact of Resegregation on the Racial Achievement Gap: Insights from Seattle."