BS in Economics
Graduated in 2020
Combining a passion for social justice and a solid foundation in economics, Astrid Pedersen’s journey at Northeastern included a summer at the London School of Economics, a co-op at JPAL, and co-founding a student group to address the issues of under representation of women in the economics profession. In Spring of 2020, Astrid and a team of students researched the lifecycle impact of disposable coffee cups. This project, now to be a published paper in a special issue of Sustainability, is the outcome of a project for Dr. Madhavi Venkatesan’s Economics of Sustainability course where a lifecycle approach to decision-making was incorporated in surveying consumer preferences. Astrid was awarded with a Economics Experiential Award in May of 2020 by the Department of Economics.
Related Schools & Departments
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.
A friend and I started a Women in Economics student organization, due to the gender disparity in the field, which has been received warmly throughout the department.
More Student Paths
- 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...
- Explored fields and methods of study he had not previously encountered through classroom experiences, engagement with faculty mentors, and research across the university.
- Had an “a-ha!” moment for his dissertation topic after writing about graffiti writing and neoliberal space for Prof. Gallagher’s Globalization & the Geopolitics of Writing class.
- Supported students and engaged in professional development as a Writing Center consultant and First-Year Writing instructor.
- Served as a graduate fellow for the Center of Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), where he conducted a university-wide assessment of the co-op program.
- With the help of Prof. Neal Lerner, Charles conducted assessment studies across the entire Writing Program while serving as the program’s Assistant Director.
- Developed the term “GeoEthnography” for his dissertation to look at the way Boston graffiti writers make, and remake, social and public space through their rhetorical work.
- Conferenced with Prof. Poe and Prof. Gallagher to develop a seminar paper into an article for publication in a flagship journal of Rhetoric and Composition...