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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 ...

Derek Jones and Jeff Pliskin
Jones and Pliskin Present at IAFEP Conference

Derek Jones, the Irma M. and Robert D. Morris Professor of Economics, and Associate Professor of Economics Jeff Pliskin recently chaired sessions and presented at the 17th Conference of the International Association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP).  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 ...

Max Schnidman '14
Schnidman ’14 to Enter the FDIC’s Research Fellows Program

Max Schnidman’s ’14 academic and extracurricular pursuits during his Hamilton tenure demonstrate a fascination with economic research: he participated in the annual Fed Challenge; he interned for the Department of State's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs as part of Hamilton’s Washington D.C. Program; and finally, he culminated his academic career by writing senior theses on the philosophy of economics and another on the economics of happiness. Fittingly, Schnidman will join the Research Fellows Program at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to work as an economic assistant this August.  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 ...

Connor Miyamoto '16
Miyamoto ’15 Interns at Ventura County Public Defender’s Office

Connor Miyamoto ’15, with support from the Scott Stephen Morris ’86 Internship Fund, is pursuing his interest in law this summer by interning at the Ventura County Public Defender’s Office in California. Public defenders traditionally represent individuals who cannot otherwise afford an attorney. As Miyamoto noted, “The attorneys at the Ventura County Public Defender’s Office share a common goal: to assist [impoverished] members of the Ventura County community by providing the most sound legal representation as possible.”  More ...

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