Economics Department


Five Bowdoin Faculty Receive Tenure

Two biologists, an economist, an artist and a political scientist have earned tenure this year.


Need a New Hip? Bowdoin Economist Has Some Advice

Professor of Economics Jonathan Goldstein has analyzed the cost-effectiveness of different hip replacement techniques and found that the surgeon and the technique can make a big difference in cost.


Bowdoin Professors on Sabbatical, All Over the Map

This year, more than three dozen Bowdoin faculty members have dispersed to all corners of the map for sabbatical projects. See where they’ve gone.


Bowdoin Professors Win Honors and Grants

Bowdoin faculty members across the sciences and humanities continue to garner awards for their work – including research grants, scholarly accolades, and fellowships abroad – from institutions such as the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Program.

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Bowdoin, Tuck Collaborate on Financial Accounting Course (EducationDive)

Bowdoin’s new collaboration with Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School is featured as one of “7 ways higher ed institutions are increasingly joining forces” on EducationDive.

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David Bruce’s Watson Year: Studying Cities At Sea

David Bruce’s interest in nature, urban planning and arts shaped his goal to traverse the globe to draw, paint and write about places threatened by rising sea levels.


Sabbatical Seminars: Fitzgerald on How Welfare Affects Children

This week’s faculty seminar series featured John Fitzgerald, Bowdoin’s William D. Shipman Professor of Economics, who gave a presentation titled “Does Public Assistance Improve Long-Run Outcomes for Children? Avoiding Spurious Correlations.”

Bowdoin Dedicates New Classroom to Ambassador Pickering ’53, H’84

This summer, with a gift from the Class of 1953 and a grant from the George I. Alden Trust, Bowdoin renovated the former reading room in Hubbard Hall to make it suitable for 21st pedagogy.

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Bowdoin’s Lichter Garners Sewall Foundation Grant for Fisheries Research

Bowdoin received a major grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation to support the Maine fisheries research of John Lichter, Director of the College’s Environmental Studies Program.

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Bowdoin Economist: New Football Playoff Lacks Suspense (Boston Globe)

A Boston Globe columnist included Assistant Professor of Economics Dan Stone in a recent round-up of “surprising results from the social sciences.”

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Brock Cassidy ’15 Wins Startup Competition in Portland

Brock Cassidy ’15 wants to show newcomers the wonders of Maine like only a local can.

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Bowdoin Maps Students’ Summertime Jobs

For the second year in a row, a Bowdoin student is collecting information from her peers about their summertime jobs, internships, fellowships and volunteer placements around the world.

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Hubbard Classroom Renovation Honors Ambassador Pickering ’53

Thanks to a generous gift from the Class of 1953 and a grant from the Alden Trust, the Hubbard West classroom will be renovated this summer and renamed in honor of Ambassador Thomas Pickering ’53.


Bowdoin Economist Says the ‘Hot Hand’ is Real, and Important (Pacific Standard)

Assistant Professor of Economics Dan Stone argues that researchers are overlooking a real pattern in behavior when they dismiss the possibility that athletes, indeed anyone, can achieve exceptional streaks of success.

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Families Fill in Gaps Left By Health Insurance

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,.

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Temin Dissects the Economic Crisis in 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.


Bowdoin’s Connelly on Child Care in Tech Companies (Fortune)

Fortune sought out Professor of Economics Rachel Connelly for an Oct. 14 article on which tech company offers the best child care.

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Fall Symposia Bring International Scholars to Bowdoin

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.

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From Kenya to Maine, in Sneakers

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.