Welcome to the Department of Economics
Economics at Northeastern focuses on the application of economics to real-world problems of policy and business.Experiential Academics
Astrid M. Pedersen
- One of Astrid's favorite experiences was a summer studying at London School of Economics and seeing a completely different system of higher education.
- Astrid spent her first co-op working in risk management for State Street Bank, which helped her develop her public speaking, and analytical skills.
- At State Street, she made connections with incredible co-workers who supported her in taking on challenging projects during her time there.
- Astrid's second co-op was at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, where she was split between the research and policy teams.
- While at J-PAL, Astrid met the founders, who were two of the three Nobel Prize winners in Economics in 2019.
- Astrid co-founded the Women in Economics student organization, due to the gender disparity in the field.
- Astrid's paper (w/ Anjali Nair ’20, Fenner Dreyfuss-Wells ’23 and Dr. Venkatesan) on coffee consumption convenience to be published in Sustainability...
- Swati completed her first co-op at Wellington Management where she gained an understanding of what an asset management company does.
- On her co-op at McKinsey Global Insititute, Swati created dashboards for analyzing the world economy for MGI's monthly Global Intelligence Report.
- Swati had the opportunity to lead the NU Fed Challenge team in presenting a rate proposal to the Boston Fed.
- Swati appreciated that the work at McKinsey tied in to the Fed Challenge and required a working knowledge of economics.
- Professor Kimelman's involvement in the Fed Challenge has been instrumental in shaping Swati's passion for macroeconomic analysis.
- As a member of Econ Society's executive board, Swati has seen firsthand how willing faculty are to engage with students outside work hours.
- In his Dialogue of Civilizations stay in India, Michael studied climate-change science and policy.
- Michael's 2nd Dialogue took him to Indonesia with a focus on green space to promote resilience and sustainability in cities.
- Michael's third Dialogue of Civilizations journey took him to Tokyo where he studied political science and urban development.
- Michael's last two co-ops (Boston Planning & Development and City of Boston Transportation Department) immersed him in transit and city planning.
- Tormey’s eventual goal is to develop an efficient and reliable public transit system working with city planners and a team of engineers.
- Tormey was awarded a Marshall Scholarship and hopes to use it to study transport engineering at Leeds and Regional and Urban Planning at the London School of Economics
- Michael believes he will broaden his perspective in the U.K., which has been a global leader in public transportation dating back to its development of the first steam locomotives...
- Motivated by the struggles of her upbringing, Urbashee pursued economics as her field of study as an undergraduate at Boston University.
- Before coming to Northeastern, Urbashee worked at a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., and obtained a master’s degree in economics at the George Washington University.
- With the guidance of Prof. Alicia Modestino, Urbashee is analyzing the impact of private and public summer jobs programs on students’ academic and future employment outcomes.
- Specifically, Urbashee is investigating whether students placed in private, as opposed to public, sector summer jobs are likely to have better employment outcomes.
- Urbashee was recently awarded a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation, enabling her to participate in research training and purchase datasets for her dissertation.
- Urbashee's goal is to become an economist who studies and finds viable solutions to the deepening issues of poverty and inequality plaguing the youth in America.
- In July, Urbashee's first co-authored economics working paper "Politicians Avoid Tax Increases Around Elections", was posted on SSRN...
Economics Department Statement Condemning Racism and Anti-Asian Violence03.26.2021
Shout – out to Jerry Porter and Mike Stone04.09.2021
Paper by Bilge Erten on Mental Health Costs of Lockdowns04.09.2021
Dr. Madhavi Venkatesan named Editor- in-Chief04.01.2021
New publication by Bilge Erten03.08.2021
Why are women underrepresented in economics?03.26.2021
Papers recently published by undergraduates03.23.2021
Madhavi Venkatesan on the Green Living Chats podcast03.16.2021
Silvia Prina on VoxDev podcast02.01.2021
Paper by Reimers and Waldfogel forthcoming in AER02.22.2021
Is a Master’s Degree in Economics worth it?12.09.2020
Beginning Friday, March 19, 2021, the Department of Economics staff will be holding virtual administrative office hours for students via Zoom. These office hours will be as follows:
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