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College Fed Challenge semifinalists James Bryan '16, Michael Akselrad '16, Angelika Wieliki '15, Conor Fox '15 and Brian Cameron '15.
Monetary Policy Class Competes in College Fed Challenge

Students in ECON446, Monetary Policy, advanced to the semifinals of the College Fed Challenge after competing at the New York Federal Reserve on Oct. 31. The class is taught by Henry Platt Bristol Professor of Economics Ann Owen.  More ...

Ann Owen
The Guardian Quotes Owen on Banking and the Fed

In an Oct. 29 article in The Guardian titled “The Fed has quietly ended its stimulus. Now the hard work really begins,” Ann Owen, the Henry Platt Bristol Professor of Economics, discussed how banks had benefited from the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program and how banks would continue to benefit from the Fed’s decision to end that program.  More ...

Ann Owen
Owen's Remarks Featured on APM's Marketplace

“What the end of Quantitative Easing will and won’t mean,” the opening segment of American Public Media’s Oct. 28 Marketplace broadcast, began with Ann Owen, the Henry Platt Bristol Professor of Economics, defining quantitative easing (QE). She went on to explain that while ending QE may sound like a giant leap, it's actually a relatively small step because the Federal Reserve now has a balance sheet worth over $4 trillion.  More ...

Jennifer Borton, Sally Cockburn, Julio Videras
Three Promoted to Professor

Hamilton College Dean of Faculty Patrick Reynolds announced the promotion of three Hamilton faculty members to the rank of professor. Jennifer Borton, psychology; Sally Cockburn, mathematics; and Julio Videras, economics, were promoted effective Oct. 11.  More ...

Sendhil Mullainathan
Economist Mullainathan Discusses Scarcity of Time and Money in Levitt Lecture

Whether tight on cash or short on time, many us understand the concept of scarcity. Although scarcity is often analyzed through the lens of economics, Sendhil Mullainathan, professor of economics at Harvard University, has added the lens of psychology to his work. Co-author of Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, he explained the major concepts of his work to an overflowing Chapel audience on Oct. 23.  More ...

George Mack '92, at Barclays with Hamilton New York Program students and director Professor Erol Balkan.
George Mack ’92 Hosts NYC Program Group at Barclays

George Mack ’92, managing director at Barclays Global Restructuring and Finance Group, hosted the Program in New York City students and shared his experiences in finance, his views on the market, and provided insight as to how he got where he is today.  More ...

Emily Conover
Conover Co-Organizes LAC-DEV Conference

Assistant Professor of Economics Emily Conover, together with colleagues from Amherst, Colgate, Wesleyan and Vassar, co-organized the second Liberal Arts Colleges Development Economic Conference (LAC-DEV). The conference was hosted by Colgate University on Sept. 26-27.  More ...

Rich Bernstein '80  with Hamilton Program in New York students and Professor Erol Balkan.
Rich Bernstein '80 Hosts New York Program Students

Hamilton students in the Program in New York opened their semester with a visit to Richard Bernstein Advisors, an investment advisory organization led by alumnus Rich Bernstein '80. The group traveled to Times Square, where they were met by program participant Katherine Gross '16, who is interning with Bernstein this semester. This semester's Hamilton program is being led by Professor of Economics Erol Balkan and the topic is Global Financial Networks.  More ...

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 ...

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