PhD in Economics
Motivated by the challenges that stem from economic inequality, Urbashee Paul is pursuing her PhD in Economics. Raised in a lower middle class family in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she experienced first-hand the crippling effects of poverty and inequality. She wants to better understand the barriers to opportunities faced by youth in the U.S. and other countries. Paul hopes that her work will yield solutions to mitigate the economic inequality they may face later in life.
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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.
Read more about Urbashee Paul in this News at Northeastern feature story.
“A lot of the crucial steps that brought me to where I am today happened during my teenage years, and that helped me break out of the economic barriers that life threw at me,” she says. “If I hadn’t broken out of these barriers at the crucial age between high school and college, I could have been in a very different place now.”
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- 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...
- Took Ethics and Evolutionary Games with Prof. Smead on theories regarding the evolution of particular behaviors.
- Became a TA for Introduction to Logic, giving Aja a chance to hone her logic skills, and become more familiar with pedagogy and course prep.
- Took Ecological Economics with Prof. Mattias Ruth which tied economics, physics, & biology together – another instance of interdisciplinary approaches.
- Participated in a Dialogue of Civilizations focused on the Turkish migrant populations in Berlin & the particular social & economic challenges.
- Completed the capstone course Intro to Mathematical Methods & Modeling with Prof. Solomon Jekel, & explored various applications of differential equations models.
- Capped off her time at NEU with an Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis, using agent-based model to simulate & analyze school choice policies.
- Aja is now pursuing a PhD in philosophy at Boston University...
- Martin’s first co-op was with the Drug Enforcement Agency in Watertown, MA, assisting in drug-related organized crime investigations.
- For his second co-op, Martin joined Boston Private Bank & Trust Co to combat money laundering and fraud.
- Martin’s Capstone Project evaluated police program implementation to reduce biased crime against the LGTBQ community.
- Martin valued the class Policing in a Democratic Society for connecting coursework with his law enforcement experience.
- Martin held several leadership roles with the Filipino student association NU Barkada, which translates to “group of friends.”
- Martin and the Huskies Environmental Action Team (HEAT) organized a proposal to reform on-campus composting behaviors.
- After graduation, Martin plans to work with federal law enforcement to continue fulfilling his dream of helping others by preventing crime...