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."

Economics Department Prizes and Awards 2019

Congratulations to our majors for their department prizes awarded on May 8th!

The Bernstein Prize funded by a gift from the Bernstein family in honor of the work their son did at Amherst College is awarded to the senior who, in the opinion of the Economics Department and the Dean of the Faculty, has done particularly outstanding honors work in economics: Simon Essig Aberg 19, Mujin Choi 19

The James R. Nelson Prize is awarded to the senior who, in the opinion of the Economics Department, has written a distinguished honors thesis that applies economic analysis to an important question of public policy: Charles Smith 19, Julia Turner 19

The James R. Nelson Memorial Award is presented to that senior who, in the opinion of the Economics Department, has achieved excellence in the study of economics while pursuing a broad liberal education: Hayes Honea 19

The Jeanne Reinle Prize named after Jeanne Reinle, the Academic Department Coordinator of the Economics Department for 30 years, whose inviting and engaging presence welcomed and supported generations of Amherst Economics students and faculty, is awarded to the senior who, in the opinion of the Economics Department, exemplifies a commitment to building community in the Economics Department and a passion for Economics: Hannah Firestone 19

The Economics Department Junior Class Prize to be awarded to that member of the junior class who, in the opinion of the Economics Department, has achieved a record of excellence in the study of economics at Amherst College: Jackson Herrick 20, Peyton Lane 20, Morgan Yurosek 20

The Hamilton Prize which was established by his former students in memory of Professor Walton Hale Hamilton, distinguished member of the Department of Economics from 1915-1923, is awarded to that first year student who ranks highest in the economics courses he or she has taken: Sarah Kim 21, Sophia Fikke 22, Aaron Rennert 22, Benjamin Stick 22

Professor Theoharides work in Innovations for Poverty Action

Professor Theoharides case study on child labor in the Philippines was recently featured in an IPA press release: Evidence-Informed Social Protection Programming in the Philippines

Casey McQuillan '18 published in Liberty Street Economics

Casey McQuillan a 2018 economics graduate is the co-author of an article in Liberty Street Economics: Is the Recent Tax Reform Playing a Role in the Decline of Home Sales?

New book by Gib Metcalf '75 published

Amherst Alum Gib Metcalf's new book Paying for Pollution: Why a Carbon Tax is Good for America is out now.

Visiting Lecturer Georgiou published in Journal of Official Statistics

Visiting Lecturer Georgiou was recently published in the Journal of Official Statistics: Extracting Statistical Offices from Policy-Making Bodies to Buttress Official Statistical Production