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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Meet Our Faculty

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

Foisy ’22 Interns at MathWorks

Fri, 30 Apr 2021

Foisy IsabelleIsabelle Foisy ’22 begins a finance internship at the mathematics computing software company in May. At MathWorks, which specializes in data analytics and simulation, economics major Isabelle Foisy ’22 is…

Jacobsen Publishes on Gender, Feminist Economics

Fri, 09 Apr 2021

New BooksTwo new books — exploring feminist economics and gender in the social sciences — feature chapters by  President Joyce P. Jacobsen, a veteran scholar of economics concentrating on gender. President…

New Student Trustees Elected

Tue, 06 Apr 2021

Student Trustees AFarid 0191Zaheer Bowen ‘23 and Irini Konstantinou ’23 have been elected by their peers to become voting members of the Board of Trustees. Zaheer Bowen ’23 and Irini Konstantinou ’23 have…

Blanchard, D’Angelo, Tessendorf Recognized with Faculty Prizes

Thu, 01 Apr 2021

Faculty AwardHWS faculty members honor three of their colleagues for their work as educators, scholars and community leaders. Last year, the celebration of faculty awards was disrupted due to the pandemic, but…

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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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