The goal of the Economics Department is to educate engaged citizens who understand the economic institutions they are part of and who are able to assess and develop opportunities for responsible participation and positive social change.
About the Major
Economics students at Hamilton investigate a wide range of social and economic issues. Students might find themselves exploring the economic legacy of redlining, seeking evidence about the presence and impact of discrimination, evaluating the effects of an increase in the minimum wage, or assessing the effectiveness of policy aimed at improving the environment. In the process, economics concentrators develop strong data analysis skills and learn how to make arguments with quantitative evidence. Some students work with faculty as teaching or research assistants and a few have published collaborative work in professional journals. Economics is a STEM concentration at Hamilton.
Students Will Learn To:
- Design a research plan to address an economic question
- Competently implement a research plan
- Communicate findings from the research plan
A Sampling of Courses
The Economics of Technology and Innovation
An examination of the nature and implications of innovation and technological change. We will investigate the history and economic theory of innovation and technological progress, related policy debates, and future prospects. Particular attention to the implications of recent developments in information technology and robotics for labor markets and the distribution of economic wellbeing.
Explore these select courses:
Examines differences in economic outcomes by race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or other personal characteristic. Topics include 1) identification of discrimination in different markets including (but not limited to) the labor, education, and credit/housing market, and 2) evaluation of the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing discrimination. This course places a special emphasis on developing professional presentation and discussion skills, teaching students to discuss controversial topics in a thoughtful and respectful manner.
A study of individual level investment decisions and the equilibrium determination of asset prices. Mean-variance analysis motivated by the tradeoff between risk and return. An introduction to asset pricing models, including the CAPM and multi-factor models. An introduction to derivatives, including stock options, futures and swaps. Discussions of the Efficient Markets Hypothesis, arbitrage, and contributions from behavioral finance. Other topics may include: fixed income pricing, Arrow-Debreu securities and the completeness of markets, and the binomial asset pricing model.
Meet Our Faculty
Professor of Economics
formation of middle classes in developing countries; effects of short-term capital flows on the Turkish economy and economic development; international finance and political economy of the Middle East
Explore Hamilton Stories
Olivia Davis ’23 is an asset management operations summer analyst at Goldman Sachs. As she unravels financial information, she learns the nuances of fixed income insurance and bilateral products. They’re complicated concepts to understand — and even more complicated to manage — but she appreciates the challenge.
Careers After Hamilton
Hamilton graduates who concentrated in economics are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including:
- Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Reynolds
- Physician, Orlando Heart Center
- Assistant Professor of Economics, Williams College
- 1st Lt., U.S. Marine Corps
- English Teaching Assistant, U.S. Fulbright Program
- Vice Chairman, General Electric
- Director of International Programs, Michigan State University
- Associate Director, CBS News
- Psychiatrist, Buffalo Veteran’s Hospital
- Senior Policy Analyst, Council of State Governments Justice Center
- Director, Deutsche Bank Securities