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Faculty Spotlights

We are excited to announce that Professor Thomas Barnay and Dr. Timothy Tardiff will be joining our faculty and teaching two of our Fall electives – Public Finance and Competition Policy and Regulation.

Dr. Thomas Barnay is a Professor of Economics at Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC) and Director of the ERUDITE Research Unit, a team of 70 researchers working on issues of personal data use and economic theory. Barnay’s research focuses on health, working conditions, and employment; aging populations and access to care, with a public health policy dimension. He has published in 44 peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Health Economics, European Journal of Health Economics, and Health Economics, Policy and Law. 

Dr. Timothy J. Tardiff has participated in numerous legal and regulatory proceedings regarding telecommunications, economics, intellectual property, antitrust, and regulation issues. His research, consulting, and expert witness experience in telecommunications has addressed pricing and costing issues involving increasingly competitive services, such as wireless and traditional wireline services. His work has included the telecommunications, software, transportation, energy, and public utility industries, and he has published extensively in economics, telecommunications, and transportation journals.

Listing of all Electives

ECON 1260: Contested Issues in the U.S. Economy (CRN 40396) 


ECON 1711: Economics of Sustainability (CRN 40893) 


ECON 3481: Economics of Sports (CRN 40699) 


ECON 3711: Economics of Race (CRN 41416) 

ECON 1240: Economics of Crime (CRN 60741)  

ECON 3520: History of Economic Thought (CRN 60742) 

ECON 1230 – Healthcare and Medical Economics (CRN 16366)
ECON 1240 – Economics of Crime (CRN 19007)
ECON 1245 – Economics of Inequality (CRN 20213)
ECON 1260 – Contested Issues in the U.S. Economy (CRN 14093)
ECON 1291 – Development Economics (CRN 11976)
ECON 1711 – Economics of Sustainability (CRN 16368)
ECON 1916 – Economics of Conflict (CRN 19008)
ECON 3290 – History of the Global Economy (CRN 19011)
ECON 3404 – International Food Policy (CRN 19012)
ECON 3416 – Behavioral Economics (CRN 14893, CRN 19013)
ECON 3423 – Environmental Economics (CRN 19014)
ECON 3424 – Law and Economics (CRN 16373)
ECON 3442 – Money and Banking (CRN 19016)

ECON 3440 – Public Finance (CRN 20295)
ECON 3460 – Managerial Economics (CRN 19017)
ECON 3470 – American Economic History (CRN 19018)
ECON 3481 – Economics of Sports (CRN 20195)
ECON 3520 – History of Economic Thought (CRN 16374)
ECON 3916 – Fintech (CRN 14894)
ECON 4640 – Financial Economics (CRN 19019)
ECON 4680 – Competition Policy and Regulation (CRN 20196)
ECON 5200 – Topics in Applied Economics – Computational Finance & Financial Econometrics  (CRN 16376)
ECON 5200 – Topics in Applied Economics – Energy Economics (CRN 19023)
ECON 5293 – Agriculture and Development (CRN 19024)

Congratulations to all of our 2022 graduates!

Well-wishes to each of you as you take your next steps. Stay in touch!

Learn about the journey of one of our graduates, Maxcy Grasso who will take to Argentina as a Fulbright Scholarship recipient. 
Link to News @ Northeastern article.

Economics Represented in the 2022 Huntington 100

Congratulations to our Huntington 100 inductees! 

The Huntington 100 award, sponsored by the Office of Student Life, honors outstanding students for achievements which are commensurate with the university’s mission, ideals, values, and Academic Plan. These students represent what Northeastern is today – a selective institution with rigorous academic programs and a sharp focus on the global experience.

We were able to catch up with some of this year’s Department of Economics inductees:

Congratulations to the Fiscal Challenge Team!

In case you missed it, the Northeastern University Fiscal Challenge team was selected for the final round and presented their research in Washington, DC on Friday, April 8th, 2022 where they won the competition. The University of Notre Dame team took second place and third place went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison team!

Congratulations to Peter Ballaro ’22, Jan Berend ’23, Thomas Dillon ’23, Sawyer Dixon ’23, Oona Foulser ’23, and Aleksi Shilov ’23.

Academic Curriculum

  • Remember that undergraduates can take 5000-level Econ electives!
  • Please note that CS 1100, which is a software requirement for most of our undergraduate programs, has a 1-credit, non-billable lab as a co-requisite (CS 1101).
  • ECON 1245, Economics of Inequality, will be a permanent course as of the Fall 2022 semester.
  • The Economics Department has new combined majors with Human Services, Journalism, and International Business.
  • The Minor is an option that various students can consider and does not require many extra classes; please spread the word!
  • Considering a Master’s in Economics? Learn about our PlusOne program.
  • Stats (ECON 2350) and Econometrics (ECON 2560) now fulfill the Experiential Liberal Arts requirement.
  • Calc 1 (MATH 1231) is being revamped to better meet the needs of Economics students.
  • Women’s Labor and the Economy (ECON 3412) now fulfills the Analyzing and Using Data (AD) and Engaging Difference and Diversity (DD) NUPaths.

Undergraduate Research

Do you have a research project idea that you would like to pursue? There are many avenues through which to conduct research as an undergraduate, with the support of the University, CSSH, and the Department of Economics. 

The Peak Awards (Project-Based Exploration for the Advancement of Knowledge Awards) are just one example. Learn more at the dedicated PEAK webpage, through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. 

The Radivonyk Fund is intended to support undergraduate and PlusOne research in the Economics Department. The key goal is the initiation of research collaborations between students and faculty, which turn into applications to College Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) and University PEAK awards.

The Department of Economics is proud to recognize Owen Graham O’Regan for receiving a PEAK Experience Award and Alexander Beaudry and Taber Skiba for receiving the Undergraduate Research Initiative Awards for Fall 2021. Overviews of their projects can be found here.

Learn more about about undergraduate research at Northeastern by visiting the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships website. Information about opportunities specific to the Economics Department is included in this presentation.  Please feel free to reach out to the Department with any questions and visit the dedicated webpage

Student Organizations

Students in the Economics Department are part of a learning community that extends beyond the classroom. There are a number of existing student organizations to become involved in that offer an opportunity to connect with peers and mentors while exploring the field. These organizations include Economics Society, Women in Economics, EconPress, DiversEcon, and the peer mentor program.
Speaking of the peer mentor program: Applications to be a Peer Mentor are open through June 19. Build your resume and support your fellow students in the Department of Economics! More information is available here:

A detailed list of organizations can be found here.

Interested in being part of a discussion about revitalizing our Omicron Delta Epsilon honor society chapter? Email

Looking for a job? 

A jobs board is maintained on the Department of Economics website. Check back periodically to see if there’s a fit for your or to get ideas as you consider your next steps!

Gustavo Vicentini Undergraduate Program Director

Katie Thorp
Administrative Assistant
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