Economics is a discipline that encompasses a breadth of policy-related topics, from energy and the environment to poverty and welfare. The department’s forward-thinking approach encourages its students to evaluate current policy by actively questioning mainstream thinking.

Economics majors and minors receive a broad education in economic theory and analytic methods enabling them to understand, analyze, research and evaluate economic phenomena, processes and issues. This creates a sound foundation for the further critical study of economic matters necessary to be active citizens and successful professionals.

Student Profile: Darius Brummell '21

Darius Brummell '21

Economics and Asian Studies Double Major

“I believe the Economics Department and the Finance Society do a great job in encouraging learning and growth, both in and out of their respective disciplines. The experiences I have had with my professors have been crucial to my growth and in figuring out which discipline of economics I’d like to pursue as a career.”

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The Economics faculty have scholarly interests as diverse as the subject itself. From feminist economics to nuclear power economics and policy, from organizational architecture to South Asian Security Issues, at HWS you will gain exciting new knowledge from experts in the discipline. Scroll below to meet our team of innovators, scholars and above all, dedicated teachers. Meet the entire department >

Economics News

Pirate Plants of the Caribbean

Wed, 03 Mar 2021

Brown Meghan 1A new study led by Professor of Biology Meghan Brown documents that Cuba is home to hundreds fewer invasive plant species than expected. Why does Cuba have comparatively fewer invasive plant…

Arrington ’88 Named JPMorgan Chase’s CMO for Commercial Banking

Mon, 01 Mar 2021

Arrington-3285_Retouched_SquareHWS Trustee Linda D. Arrington ’88 will lead marketing strategy for the company’s commercial banking unit based in New York. HWS Trustee and brand expert Linda Arrington ’88 is returning…

Real Estate Power List Features Raveis ’93

Mon, 22 Feb 2021

Raveis ChrisChristopher Raveis ’93 has been named to the Swanepoel Power 200 list of the most powerful and influential leaders in the real estate industry. The Swanepoel Power 200, considered the…

Pitch Contest Named for Entrepreneur Todd Feldman ’89

Tue, 16 Feb 2021

Todd Feldman HeadshotTo honor Todd Feldman ’89 and his family, who generously support the HWS Entrepreneurship Fund and Opell Challenge, the HWS Pitch contest has been renamed. The 2021 Todd Feldman ’89…

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The Economics of Caring
There is more to economics than the wealth of nations. A good society is more than its wealth; it has the capacity and is willing to care for those who cannot completely provide for themselves. In this course students explore, analyze, and assess how our society cares for those who cannot provide all of the necessities of life for themselves; including children, the infirm, and the elderly. They examine public policies and debates concerning poverty, health care, education, child protection, and adoption.

Spotlight: Recent Grads

Recent Grad

Megan Richard '19

Current Position: Technology Associate, Wellington Management

Current Location: Boston, Mass.

"In my first two years at HWS, I took a wide range of classes, from chemistry to philosophy to architecture to psychology to many other courses, until I finally decided to major in economics and minor in math."

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