Economics Department

Families Fill in Gaps Left By Health Insurance

Dan LaFave

Americans deal with health risks not just through formal insurance but through working longer and harder, drawing down assets, and other reasons, explains Dan LaFave, assistant professor of economics at Colby College,.

Temin Dissects the Economic Crisis in Santagata Lecture

Peter Temin of MIT spoke at 2013 Santagata Lecture

Examining the parallels between our current economy and that of the 1930s, MIT Professor Emeritus of Economics Peter Temin spoke to an attentive audience spanning a wide range of ages during Bowdoin’s biannual Santagata Lecture in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, on Oct. 17.

Symposium: Revisiting 19th-Century American Political Economy


Scholars from institutions across the U.S. and abroad came to Bowdoin to discuss 19th-century political economists, and the relevance of their ideas to modern times, in a symposium on Oct. 19-20 titled “American Political Economy from the Age of Jackson to the Civil War,” organized by Stephen Meardon.

Fall Symposia Bring International Scholars to Bowdoin

Fall 2013 Symposia

Fall 2013 SymposiaBowdoin was a nexus for international scholarship last weekend, hosting a pair of two-day symposia that brought together participants from around the country and the world to discuss topics in pharmaceutical medicine and Chinese women’s art.

From Kenya to Maine, in Sneakers

Joan Yego ’16 and Faith Biegon ’14

Joan Yego ’16 and Faith BIegon ’14 are Bowdoin’s first to come from a unique program in Kenya that prepares bright students for admission to elite U.S. Colleges.

Faith Biegon ’14 Gains Skills to Become a ‘Changemaker’

Faith Biegon ’14

When Faith Biegon ’14 began looking for a summer internship in the finance field, she wasn’t imaging she’d end up in an office where employees talk about turning everyone into changemakers and departments are called Change, Empathy and Venture.

Students Get Up Close to Poverty at Portland Pro Bono Agency

Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project

This summer two Bowdoin students are interacting with the subjects they study in some of their economics, government and education classes — those who are living in poverty and facing crises that can come with financial vulnerability.

David Bruce ’13 Wins Watson to Study Climate Change in Threatened Cities

David Bruce ’13

David Bruce ’13 is one of 40 students around the country who has won a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which gives graduating seniors $25,000 and the dictate to pursue a subject or issue that fascinates them. They must not return to the United States for 12 months.

Bowdoin Faculty Treated to Community-Immersion Field Trip

At the end of the table, left, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Craig McEwen with John Hodge, executive director of Brunswick Housing Authority

A diverse group of Bowdoin faculty spent two days over spring break getting to know an often invisible side of the community.
Eleven professors met with representatives of a number of Brunswick- and Portland-based nonprofit and civic organizations that work on behalf of immigrants, refugees, children, the poor or the homeless.