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Economics

Research Opportunities

Economics students at Hamilton have opportunities to conduct original research either over the summer as part of the Levitt Fellows or Emerson Grant programs or during their senior year as part of the Senior Program Examples of past topics include climate finance, the labor market and the "Great Recession", and entrepreneurship among immigrants.

In addition some concentrators work during the academic year and in the summer as research assistants with faculty members, and the results of their collaborations have appeared in co-authored papers in professional journals.

The Death of the Dollar Bill: The Rise of Bitcoin and Other Online Currencies

With the digitization of information, cyberspace is a developing network that’s changing how we live. In 2009, the first digital currency, Bitcoin, was invented.  Bitcoin has been called a “decentralized virtual currency” by some economists, due to the fact that it is transferred from one user to another, called peer-to-peer or P2P, without the use of any central bank.  Sitong Chen ’16, with Professor of Economics Christophre Georges, worked this summer on an Emerson project, “Analysis of the Internet-born Currency: The Birth of Bitcoin.”  More ...

Ivy Akumu '15
Investing in Africa’s Future

Africa is home to some of the fastest developing economies and up-and-coming global leaders, as Ivy Phoebe Akumu ’15, an economics major, knows. This summer, Akumu is a corporate business intern with the Commercial Bank of Africa Ltd. (CBA), one of East Africa’s largest privately owned banks. Her internship is located in Upper Hill, Nairobi, Kenya, and is sponsored through the Summer Internship Support Fund.  More ...

Dima Kaigadorov '16 in the office at his internhip at IOS partners.
Dima Kaigorodov ’16 Interns With IOS Partners

Dima Kaigorodov '16 is one of a long list of students who have interned or are currently working with IOS Partners including Amy Marchesi ’13, Eric Boole ’13, Fletcher Wright, Jimmy Nguyen ’14, Emily Rivera ’16, Meg Alexander ’15 and Adi Fracchia ’14. Katie McGuire ’11 started as an intern in the summer of 2010 and subsequently joined the company and started the Washington intern program.   More ...

Matthew Creeden '16 shown at his internship at Emily's List in Washington, D.C.
Matthew Creeden ’16 is Intern at EMILY's List PAC

Although politicians sometimes get a bad rap, many are devoted to combating social injustices, as Matthew Creeden ’16 has discovered this summer. Creeden, an economics and government double major, is interning at EMILY’s List. EMILY’s List is a political action committee (PAC) in Washington, D.C., that helps elect pro-choice Democratic women to office, as Creeden explained.  More ...

Max Newman '16
I'm With the Band

Scheduling tours, organizing band members, and fighting off groupies is all in a day’s work for an artist manager. This summer, Max Newman ’16, an economics major, is getting hands-on experience in the music industry, interning in NYC with the support of the Daniel Fielding ’07 Internship Fund. He is working as an assistant for two artist management companies in the city: Post Hoc Management and Maine Road Management.  More ...

Philip Parkes '17
Would You Like a Biopsy with That?

About one in every seven American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime1. Combatting cancer is difficult, but one crucial step is early detection, which is made possible through screening examinations such as the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. Philip Parkes ’17 is working with Professor of Biology Herm Lehman on a project titled “The Origins of Over-Testing: Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test” that is sponsored by a Levitt Summer Research Grant.  More ...

Adam Pfander '16
Pfander ’16 Researches the Effects of the “Great Recession”

For his 2014 Levitt Summer Research Fellowship Grant, Adam Pfander ’16 is working with Professor of Economics Paul Hagstrom to examine the employment opportunities of immigrants during the “Great Recession” of 2007-08.  Pfander laid out three main goals for his project titled “Foreign-Born Labor Markets in Recession.”  More ...

In 2013 Levitt Research Fellow Eren Shultz '15 researched development in Tanzania to understand the current and future roles of cooperative organizations.
2014 Levitt Summer Research Fellows Announced

The Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center recently announced the 2014 Levitt Summer Research Fellows. To enhance student research around issues of public affairs, the Levitt Center funds student-faculty research through its Levitt Research Fellows Program. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors who wish to spend the summer working in collaboration with a faculty member on an issue related to public affairs. Following are this year’s recipients.  More ...

Mackenzie Leavenworth '15, right, on site in Gournia, Greece, during a 2013 Emerson research expedition with Professor John McEnroe.
26 Students Awarded Emerson Research Grants

Recipients of the 2014 Emerson Summer Grants were recently announced. Created in 1997, the  program was designed to provide students with significant opportunities to work collaboratively with faculty members, researching an area of interest. The recipients, covering a range of topics, are exploring fieldwork, laboratory and library research, and the development of teaching materials. The students will make public presentations of their research throughout the academic year.  More ...

Charles Allegar '14
Charles Allegar ’14 Researches International Economic Issues

Vulture funding, a term that refers to private entities investing in cheap, high-risk debt with the hopes of earning high returns when the debtor fails, can threaten the already vulnerable economies of poor countries.  As an example, Argentina has recently suffered losses due to vulture funding and is now recovering from the economic damage. This summer, Charles Allegar ’14 is interning with the Jubilee USA Network, an alliance of 75 U.S. organizations, 50 global partners and other members that challenge the actions of global financial authorities.  More ...

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