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Economics

Economic students learn to identify economic issues and problems, to form hypotheses and to gather and use data to test the hypotheses. They also learn to formulate policies to deal with economic problems and analyze both the intended and unintended effects of these policies. Students frequently work as a research assistant with a faculty member and have collaborative work published in a professional journal.

Eren Shultz '15 in Tazania's Pare Mountains with board members of the Gonja Sub-Kume Water Cooperative.
Eren Shultz '15 in Tanzania's Pare Mountains with board members of the Gonja Sub-Kume Water Cooperative.

A student’s initiative: doing research in Africa

Eren Shultz ’15 spent part of a summer working with farmers in Tanzania for a project funded by a grant from Hamilton College. He is a double major in economics and geosciences who picked Hamilton in part for its flexible open curriculum. Through coursework, he zeroed in on economics, sustainable agricultural development and water.

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Byssainthe-Loubens Theork '06 working in Haiti.
Byssainthe-Loubens Theork '06 working in Haiti.

A graduate’s goal: making change back home

Byssainthe-Loubens Theork ’06 is a senior manager at Fidelity Investments who is working on a long-term plan – returning to his native Haiti to foster development and launch a political career. Theork majored in economics and world politics at Hamilton College with Haiti in mind.

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