Economics Department Prizes and Awards - Class of 2018

Congratulations to our majors for their department prizes awarded on May 1-2!

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: Pei Gong '18, Tobias Schwed '18

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: Jerry Chen '18, Julia Konso Mbakire '18

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: Tobias Schwed '18

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: Jennifer MacKinnon Krems '18, Julia Konso Mbakire 18

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: Mujin Choi '19, Simon Essig Aberg '19

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: Jackson Herrick '20, Pedro Balduno Morais '21, Aaron Bushnell '21, Ahliaa Moore '21

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.

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Visiting Lecturer Andreas Georgiou recently published in the Statistical Journal of the IAOS: "Towards a global system of monitoring the implementation of UN fundamental principles in national official statistics."

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Professor Kate Sims

Prof. Katharine Sims is the co-author with Prof. Jennifer M.Alix-Garcia (University of Wisconsin-Madison) of "Parks versus PES: Evaluating direct and incentive-based land conservation in Mexico" in the November 2017 issue of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.