Zach Bleemer '13 presents "Who Merits an Elite College Education"

Amherst alum Zach Bleemer in blue suit seated on stone bench
Zach Bleemer '13

Presented by the Department of Economics

As part of Virtual Homecoming and Family Week, Zach Bleemer, a Class of 2013 Amherst College graduate and current PhD candidate in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley will present "Who Merits an Elite College Education?" on Wednesday, October 28 at 4:30PM EST via Zoom.

Register here

Save-the-Date for Economics presentation for Virtual Homecoming and Family Week

Please Save the Date for Virtual Homecoming and Family Week
10/28/20, 4:30PM
Department of Economics presents Zachary Bleemer '13 (Current Economics PhD at UCBerkeley)
Zoom details coming soon

Professor Debnam Guzman presenting for the Faculty Colloquium Series

Economics faculty member Prof. Jakina Debnam Guzman will present Peers and Persuasion on October 30 from 12-1PM via Zoom.

This event is open to all members of the Amherst Community.

Professor Gebresilasse's working paper in NBER

Prof. Gebresilasse has a working paper (pre-publication) at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Rugged Individualism and Collective (In)action During the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Declaring an Economics Major Remotely

For Fall 2020 all economics major declarations will be processed remotely. If you plan to declare please visit the Google Form linked below to learn about the required documents and complete the form to begin the major declaration process.

Economics computer lab

Fall 2020
The economics lab is closed.
If you have a key, you must request permission to access from your econ faculty advisor.
Please contact a department faculty member if you have reason to use it.

STATA TA Fall 2020 Virtual Hours

STATA TA Ricardo Salas Díaz, an economics PhD student at UMass will be returning this semester available via Zoom on Tuesdays 4-6PM (Drop-in), Wednesdays 7-9PM and Fridays 9-11AM (schedule slots for both).

If you have issues with the scheduling links, use these Zoom links directly:

ADC Amy Johnson available via Zoom

Economics Academic Department Coordinator Amy Johnson will continue to work remotely for the Fall 2020 semester. Amy is available by email ( or if you have issues or questions you would like to address face-to-face (or to see a friendly face!), she has weekly 15-minute slots during the following times to connect virtually over Zoom starting August 27:

  • Mondays 2-4PM
  • Thursdays 10-12PM

Access to "The Economist"

The economics department will be discontinuing our hard copy subscription to "The Economist" for the duration of remote learning.

The college has access to the publication online so you can continue to read it for news and research. 

If you have questions or problems regarding this publication or access to it, contact Dawn Cadogan, Social Sciences Librarian at Frost:

ECON 111 Waitlist information

If you want to be put on a waitlist for a ECON 111 section you must contact the faculty member teaching the sections you want to be wait listed on directly. 
If you do not get into the section you want, ECON 111 is offered every semester and you can pre-register for S21.

Juan Agudelo 22 wins AEA award

photo of economics major Juan Agudelo

Award was given virtually

Economics major Juan Agudelo attended the 2020 virtual American Economics Association Summer Program where he received the Ron Oaxaca Award for Best Paper with his work "The Untold Story of the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Police Officers and In-school Arrests" co-authored with Sara Torres-Inda.  Congratulations to Juan from the economics department!

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F20 Offering: Applied Macro Policy

ECON 240 Fall 2020

Applied macroeconomic policy in developing economies: the quantitative approach of the International Monetary Fund

MW 10:10 – 11:30 am
Taught by Visiting Lecturer and Visiting Scholar Andreas Georgiou, former IMF staff (1989-2010)

Goals of Course 240:

  1. Impart a rigorous understanding of how the macroeconomic programming and policy framework of the IMF is put together.
  2. Impart understanding of how the IMF applied macro framework can be used both to assess macroeconomic developments and to define and quantify policies going forward so as to correct or avoid macroeconomic imbalances and crises.
  3. Teach students to use the IMF applied macro framework themselves.
  4. Practice with tabular depictions of the economy (statistics and projections) using EXCEL sheets.
  5. Acquaint students with how to find and access macroeconomic accounts data and other macro policy relevant information for various countries so as to implement the IMF applied macro framework.
  6. Explore critiques of the IMF’s macroeconomic programming and policy framework.
  7. Explore applications of the framework in various countries, such as Congo, Turkey, Slovakia, and others.


Available ECON 111 Sections for Fall 2020

ECON 111-01 LEC TTh 1:30-2:50 DIS Wed 2:10-3:00 ECON 111F-01
ECON 111-02 LEC TTh 3:50-5:10 DIS Wed 4:00-4:50 ECON 111F-02
ECON 111-03 LEC MW 12:30-1:50 DIS Th 1:30-2:20 ECON 111F-03

ECON 111-04


LEC TTh 3:50-5:10


DIS Fri 11:20-12:10

DIS Fri 1:00-1:50

In person

ECON 111F-04

ECON 111F-05

ECON 111-05


LEC TTh 10:10-11:30


DIS Fri 9:00-9:50

DIS Fri 10:00-10:50

In person

ECON 111F-06

ECON 111F-07

*ECON 111E will not be taught AY 20-21

Important update for junior and senior economics majors

In response to the COVID-19 situation, current junior and senior majors who are full-time students in both Fall and Spring of 2020-2021 can graduate with one fewer economics course, for a total of 8 economics courses for non-thesis writers and 9 for thesis writers. All majors will still be required to take the core economics courses (Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory, and Econometrics) and all majors still must take at least one 400 level course, and thesis students are still required to take at least two 400 level courses.

Econ courses not being offered in 21-22

As you begin meeting with your department advisor to plan completing your economics major, please be aware of the following courses that will not be offered in the next academic year of Fall 2021 and Spring 2022:

  • Econ 207: Behavioral Economics
  • Econ 250: Money and Banking
  • Econ 225: Industrial Organization
  • Econ 407: Advanced Behavioral Economics
  • Econ 414: Urban Economics
  • Econ 419: Education and Inequality
  • Econ 453  : The Economics of Entrepreneurship