Economics

Economics is the study of how best to satisfy the wants and desires of all people given the limited resources available to us on this Earth. It concerns the wealth of nations, its origins in production and exchange, its allocation among competing uses, its distribution among individuals, its accumulation or decline. The approach is descriptive and analytical; many issues of national and international policy are considered; the focus is on social institutions and social outcomes rather than on personal financial success per se.

Economics majors, and all students, should feel free to visit any of our faculty during their office hours and by appointment to discuss particular courses, programs of study and economics in general.

Pitzer Advisers

  • Menna Bizuneh, Assistant Professor (international finance, international trade, monetary economics, public economics)
  • Maya Federman, Professor (microeconomics, education, labor)
  • Emma Stephens, Associate Professor (development, agricultural economics, economic history and system dynamics)
  • Linus Yamane, Professor (macroeconomics, econometrics, labor, Japanese economy)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Economics majors will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, terminology, and models of microeconomics and macroeconomics.
  2. Economics majors will be able to apply economic theory and methods to selected real world economic problems.
  3. Economics majors will develop an understanding of statistical analysis, data gathering, and data analysis using statistical software.
  4. Economics majors will be able to define and analyze economic issues by identifying a question, using an appropriate theoretical framework, designing an empirical analysis, and synthesizing the results into a policy conclusion.

Mathematical Economics Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Mathematical Economics majors will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, terminology, and models of microeconomics and macroeconomics.
  2. Mathematical Economics majors will be able to apply economic theory and methods to selected real world economic problems.
  3. Mathematical Economics majors will develop an understanding of mathematical concepts and methods, statistical analysis, data gathering, and data analysis using statistical software.
  4. Mathematical Economics majors will be able to define and analyze economic issues by identifying a question, using an appropriate theoretical framework, designing an empirical analysis, and synthesizing the results into a policy conclusion.

Economics Research Resources

Basic Government Information for Economists

Current Economic Indicators

Statistical Resources

Tools for Economists

Page last updated on September 27, 2016