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
- 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.
- Alex's identity as an Asian American fueled her interest in East Asia from middle school and throughout college.
- Alex spent her first year at Smith College, then transferred to Northeastern in her second year.
- Alex decided to double-major in Economics and Asian Studies. She wanted both the quantitative social science experience and a focused humanities education.
- Learning more through Asian Studies helped validate that there was a range of experiences within both Asia and the Asian Diaspora.
- Alex's favorite courses, Chinese Film and Chinese Pop Culture, were taught by Professor Benny Shaffer. She enjoyed being able to connect pop culture to historical and social happenings.
- For her co-op, Alex served as the iCater Admin Assistant for the Pine Street Inn, a leading provider of homelessness services. Her role included social media, event planning, course instruction, and more.
- The co-op fundamentally changed how Alex viewed the world, pushing her to think about how we can go about lessening human suffering...
- Vijay started his academic career at Northeastern knowing that he wanted to study law and partake in the experiential learning program.
- During his sophomore year, Vijay joined a startup named "Rescue Hound" which made customizable first aid kits. The startup partnered with Northeastern to trial the kits across campus.
- He participated in a directed study under Jarvis Chen, who influenced Vijay greatly. Together, they studied the politics of charter schools and what contributed to their successes and failure.
- Vijay also became the Director of the Tuesday Speaker Series of Northeastern's Entrepreneur Club.
- Vijay participated in an online, South-Africa based, consulting dialogue with Dennis Shaughnessy, which piqued his interest in consulting.
- Vijay took his second co-op at Mastercard, where he focused on franchise consulting.
- Vijay will graduate in May of 2021, and continue working at Mastercard. He also hopes to obtain his MBA with a focus on consulting. ..
- 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...
Charles T. Wallace-Thomas IV
- Charles chose to attend Northeastern because he was intrigued by the signature co-op program and wanted a curriculum that combined real-world experience without compromising thorough academic rigor.
- Initially an engineering student, Charles switched to a combined major in Economics and Mathematics to build upon his interest in economic and social justice work. He also has a minor in psychology.
- In his first year, Charles took Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South with Professor Shalanda Baker, which taught him to question systems as they exist, no matter how established.
- As part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Charles did community service, working on the Timebank team which helped him give back to Boston.
- For his first co-op, Charles split his time between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, like infrastructure and childcare.
- As Campaign Coordinator and Director of Northeastern’s Students Advancing Intersectional Dreams, Charles had spoken to people like Patrisse Cullors, Richie Reseda, Michelle Alexander, and Angela Davis.
- Over the summer of 2020, Charles was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign where he advocated for racial literacy courses and for a restorative and transformative justice center on campus...
Economics Department Statement Condemning Racism and Anti-Asian Violence03.26.2021
New Paper by Bilge Erten on the effects of education on intimate partner violence06.07.2021
Economics of Crime students present at annual Justice Studies meeting06.03.2021
Bilge Erten on the mental health costs of lockdowns06.04.2021
New paper by Jun Ma accepted to Journal of Empirical Finance06.03.2021
Bilge Erten presents at NBER meeting06.04.2021
Jun Ma joins editorial board of journal06.03.2021
Meet the NU interns at Sustainability and Climate Change05.25.2021
Dr. Madhavi Venkatesan appointed Ombudsperson for ASE05.07.2021
Institutional Challenge Grant awarded to Alicia Sasser Modestino04.25.2021
Our staff is available from 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday.
In addition, the Department of Economics staff holds the following virtual administrative office hours for students via Zoom:
Wednesdays, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (EST)
Fridays, 8:30 AM -9:30 AM (EST)
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Please do not hesitate to reach out.
Robert Triest, Chair (617-373-7852)
Cheryl Fonville, Administrative Officer (617-373-2872)
Jacquaetta Hester: Graduate Administration Coordinator (617-373-2871)
Kathleen Downey: Marketing Assistant (617-373-2887)
Katie Thorp: Administrative Assistant (617-373-2882)
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