S22 ECON 111 Course Sections

Available ECON 111 Sections for Spring 2022

ECON 111-01

LEC MW 8:30-9:50AM

Prof. Kingston

Prof. Islam Khan

DIS Fri 9-9:50AM

DIS Fri 10-10:50AM

DIS Fri 11-11:50AM 

 

ECON 111F-01

ECON 111F-02

ECON 111F-03

ECON 111-02

LEC TTh 10-11:20AM

Prof. Gebresilasse

DIS Fri 1:30-2:20

 

ECON 111F-04

 

ECON 111-03

LEC MW 1:30-2:50PM

Prof. Porter

DIS Tue 3-3:50

ECON 111F-05

ECON 111E-01/ENST 230-01

Intro w/Environmental

Applications

LEC TTh 11:30-12:50PM

Prof. Sims

DIS Fri 10-10:50AM

ECON 111E-01

Economics Department hosts Ray Lopez 99 for Family Day 2021

As part of Amherst College Family Day 2021 the Department of Economics hosted a virtual presentation by Ray Lopez Class of 1999. Ray is Director of Programs, Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service, Inc. and he shared his organization's efforts to both provide essential services and engage in systems change work in East Harlem, NYC.

Click to watch Facing Root Causes Together: A Community Based Organization's Efforts to go Beyond Basic Service Provision and Create Lasting Community Improvements  

 

Professor Theoharides upcoming publications

Prof. Theoharides has two joint papers recently accepted for publication:

Medical Worker Migration and Origin-Country Human Capital: Evidence from U.S. Visa Policy at Review of Economics and Statistics. She presented this at NBER Summer Institute Development meetings this summer. 

Child Labor and Economic Development at the Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics.

STATA TA Fall 2021 hours

STATA TA Ricardo Salas Díaz, an economics PhD student at UMass will be returning this semester available  on Mondays 6-8PM and Thursdays 5-8PM. 

  • Mondays are online office hours for the students who prefer online or individual appointments. See links below for scheduling a slot
  • Thursdays in-person office hours are in the department computer lab (Converse 311). They are first-to-come first-to-serve basis. 

Declaring an economics major: in-person and remote options

For Fall 2021 economics major declarations can be processed in person or remotely.

Before you declare please have these required documents:

1. Declaration of Major Form from the Registrar's Office (completed as much as possible)
2. Copy of your transcript from ACData
3. Email from your current academic adviser approving your economics major declaration

Then follow these steps:

1. In-person declaration: Bring required documents to Amy Johnson, Economics Academic Department Coordinator in Converse 306-A. You will receive a department shirt at time of declaration.

2. Remote declaration: Complete the Google form linked below. You will receive an email confirming your declation is processed and a department shirt in campus mail.

Please Note: You do not need to seek the signature of the department chair - that will be handled by the ADC while processing your declaration.

Economics Department Prizes and Awards 2021

Congratulations to our majors for their department prizes!

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: Claire Holleman 21, Sean Gao 21

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: Emily Kiernan 21, Kevin Ma 21

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: Seamus Lawton 21, Andrew Swenson 21, Yujing (Crystal) Zhou 21

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: Ahliaa Moore 21, Andrew Swenson 21

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: Naya Burshan 22, Aaron Rennert 22, David Xu 22

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: Sara Kao 23, William Marshall 24, Lucas Romualdo 24

Lauren Pelosi 22 paper on Covid published

Economics major Lauren Pelosi's paper Investing Altruistic Demand During COVID was recently feaured in the 2021 edition of Equilibria: Duke Economics Review.

Economics alums receive National Science Foundation fellowships

The following alums were recently announced as recipients of Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation:

Julia Yates 16 (Social Sciences - Economics), Hannah Firestone 19 (Social Sciences - Economics), Jamie Tucker-Foltz 19  (Comp/IS/Eng - Algorithms and Theoretical Foundations) and Julia Turner 19 (Social Sciences - Public Policy) all won National Science Foundation Awards. 

Congratulations to all!

Eric Budish 00 published in Wall Street Journal

Class of 2000 economics major Eric Budish had an op-ed in a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal, Bigger is Better When it Comes to Vaccine Production.

Andrew Swenson 21 in "Thoughts on Theses"

Senior economics major Andrew Swenson was recently featured in the Amherst Student "Thoughts on Theses" column. Andrew is writing a thesis "...at the intersection of urban economics and industrial organization economics" and is advised by Professor Ishii.

 

Andreas Georgiou published in the Journal of Official Statistics

Visiting Lecturer Andreas Georgiou has been featured in the December issue of the Journal of Official Statistics: Defeating the Pandemic Requires High Quality and Ethical Official Statistics

Felix Stetsenko 19 published in Undergraduate Economic Review

Recent alum Felix Stetsenko's paper Raise the Seawalls: Local Governments and Flood Protection was recently published in the Undergraduate Economic Review published by Illinois Wesleyan University.

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.

 

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: dcadogan@amherst.edu

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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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

Online

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

Online

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

Professor Theoharides featured in BBC World News

Prof. Theoharides was recently featured in a report on BBC World Business Report explaining Covid-19's impact on remittances. Her segment begins at 14:48.

Audrey Cheng 20 featured in Commencement issue of The Amherst Student

New alum Audrey Cheng 20 finished a dual major of economics and music and is headed to Yale Law School as a pre-doctoral fellow. Congratulations to Audrey!

Andreas Georgiou published in Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics

Visiting Lecturer Andreas Georgiou was recently published in the Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics: Prerelease Access to Official Statistics is Not Consistent With Professional Ethics.

 

Some fun facts about Amherst College Economics!

In "A Snapshot of the Resilient Class of 2020" the economics department is cited as one of the top six most declared majors at Amherst as well as being one of five departments to have the largest number of students graduating with honors (14 this year!)

Professor White featured in article on "Covid in the Classroom"

Prof. White's Spring 2020 Macroeconomics course took some unplanned paths to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the economy as it was happening.

 

Economics Department Prizes and Awards 2020

Congratulations to our majors for their department prizes!

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: Audrey Cheng 20, Emily Young 20

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: Jackson Herrick 20, Morgan Yurosek 20

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: Alejandra Castro 20, Peyton Lane 20

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: Kelly Chian 20, Ralph Skinner 20

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: Pedro Balduino Morais 21, Sirig Gurung 21, Seamus Lawton, 21, Andrew Swenson 21, Yujing (Crystal) Zhou 21

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: Quentin Jeyaretnam 23, Yee-Lynn Lee 23, David Xu 22

Amherst Alum Writes COVID-19 Children's Book Available for Free

Dr. Adam Block '99 and his wife Dr. Lauren Block have recently released a free children's book on COVID-19:

Discover along with eight-year-old Kelly the science behind the COVID-19 illness, viral transmission, basic epidemiology, and social distancing needed to protect your kids and community. Dr. Lauren Block MD MPH, a primary care physician and medical educator and Dr. Adam Block PhD, a health economist and public health professor, are parents of three curious kids.

After months treating COVID-19 patients in New York City this is what we teach our children about the science behind the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is the only children's book that goes into depth on the science behind the spread of coronavirus, how the virus causes the symptoms it does, and how vaccines contribute to herd immunity. You and your children will understand why the virus spreads so rapidly, how handwashing and social distancing can prevent transmission, how kids can help others during the pandemic, how people who become ill are treated in the hospital, and how you can protect your family from infection.

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).

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."

Learn more

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.

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

Professor Sims published in Conservation Biology

Professor Sims was recently published in the journal Conservation Biology: Assessing the Local Economic Impacts of Land Protection.

Professor Honig to be published in JMCB

Professor Honig's paper Elections and Capital Flows has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winners announced

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Research Associates William Nordhaus and Paul Romer have been awarded the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences "for their path-breaking research on integrating innovation and climate into the study of economic growth." 

Interview with Prof. Debnam in Amherst News & Events

Professor Debnam's popular new course "Economics and Psychology" is profiled in the college's News and Events.

Professor Theoharides published in JHR

Professor Theoharides was recently published in The Journal of the Human Resources: Manila to Malaysia, Quezon to Qatar: International Migration and Its Effects on Origin-Country Human Capital

Visiting Lecturer Andreas Georgiou given commendation by ISI

Visiting Lecturer Andreas Georgiou '83 was recently given a commendation by the International Statistical Institute in acknowledgement of  his "upholding of the highest professional standards in his public service in the pursuit of integrity of statistical systems."

Professor Reyes published in JAMA

Professor Reyes was recently published in The Journal of the American Medical Association: A Social Justice Framework for Lead Policy

Professor Debnam published in AJAE

Professor Debnam was recently published in The American Journal of Agricultural Economics: Selection Effects and Heterogeneous Demand Responses to the Berkeley Soda Tax Vote