Economics is the study of economic systems to help inform decisions for the future
STUDY ON THE STREET
Drew’s unique Wall Street Semester gives an insider’s introduction to financial markets and institutions. Students spend two days per week in New York City, attending presentations by prominent members of the financial community.
What is the best use of emergency funds in an earthquake-devastated region? Which countries in the world have the best climates for new high-tech industries? When and why did teenagers become a huge consumer market? Economists are called on to answer questions like these.
We do things like run an Iron Chef—style competition in a corporate finance class. Two teams present and the class judges. Who had better data? Who had better style? Which team would I hire?
Economics of Business and Sustainability is just one of the many interdisciplinary courses that give our majors that breadth that is the hallmark of a liberal arts education. Students really get to see economics as part of the fabric of social life.
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Economics is the foundation of both scholarly careers studying and forecasting economic patterns and careers in business for banks, financial institutions and corporations of all kinds.
Many of our majors go on to prestigious business and professional schools. Some go directly to Wall Street. Others head for positions in government and nonprofits—one of our seniors interns at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Manhattan, the happy outcome of meeting a Drew alumna who works there.
Our emphasis on presentation skills, and the personalized coaching our majors get, mean they shine in lecture halls and conference rooms.
As a double major in art and economics, I enjoy the complexity and challenge of expressing the social activism of my artwork in the financial world. Similarly, art influences the way I look at economic models and development because I look out for the impact on social welfare.
After I helped Professor Jennifer Kohn with econometrics for a paper on medical care use in Britain, she asked me if I wanted to take the paper and run with it. I said yes, and presented it at two regional economic conferences.
My economics major has led me to internships at three financial firms. I’m looking forward to the third one, starting this fall, at Morgan Stanley. I’m also president of the international economics honor society, Omicron Delta Epsilon.
The Wall Street Semester program is so well designed that it really sets you up for a great career path. Major players connected to the program have offered to have lunch with any of us. Getting insight from some of the top Wall Street brass—well, not many people have access to that.
Professor of economics
I’m working on a long-term project connecting oil depletion and climate change to global trade and local economies. I’d call myself an ecological economist, and in my spare time, I meditate.
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
When you arrive at Drew, ask me about an article I’m writing titled, “Investor Impatience and Returns: A Laboratory Experiment.” Or about my family’s vineyard in Italy, where I work when I visit my father.
Ph.D., University of Virginia
My work in health economics is focused on modeling the demand for medical care in order to design financial tools to better manage risk. I love when I hear students repeating catchphrases I use in class, like “All models are wrong, but some are useful.”
Ph.D., Rutgers University
My specialties include political economy, migration, subjectivity, alternative economies, with a research focus on the economics of immigration. On top of that, I recently started swimming. I realized it’s never too late to fall in love with something.
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
My research involves labor and demographic economics and applied microeconomics, and I teach econometrics, labor economics and microeconomics. I also happen to be a former Tai Chi instructor.
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
I once had a grateful student tell me that he was able to recognize and then go over to talk with Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke at a restaurant after taking my intermediate macroeconomics course. As for me, I’m investigating how stock traders act, in real time, on monetary policy information released during trading hours.
Ph.D., Cornell University
I’m an economic historian who researches late 19th-century industrial history and labor relations, with a particular interest in the garment industry. If I attempt to regale my wife and kid with tales of the old “schmatta” business, they roll their eyes and yell, “Zip it, Dad!”
Ph.D., Yale University
My research interests include gender and labor markets/poverty in the Middle East, time-use issues and the impact of religion on economic institutions.
Ph.D., University of California–Davis
- Chief investment officer
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
New Jersey Department of Human Services
- Compliance officer
Securities & Exchange Commission
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My Favorite Course
“Instead of taking a general class, this allowed me to develop my interest further in international economics, and I now plan to write my honors thesis on it since I find it so interesting.”
Taylor Fichtman, on an independent study about the currency exchange market