Economics Department


Bowdoin Economist Critiques US Carbon Markets (Climate Change Economics)

In a new analysis of US carbon-offset programs that reward farmers for reforesting their farmland, Assistant Professor of Economics Erik Nelson finds that the programs are not enticing enough orchard farmers in Northern California to switch from fruit production to carbon production. These programs are designed to help mitigate climate change.

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Collaborative Initiative Studies How to Aid Recovery of Maine’s Coastal Fisheries

Helping sea run fish gain better river access could be the key to helping Maine’s coastal groundfishing industry recover.


Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

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Economics Professor Gonca Senel Discusses Brexit Vote

Assistant economics professor Gonca Senel predicts negative consequences if the UK votes to leave the European Union

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Examining the Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

Professor Meardon encourages students to think critically about the pros and cons of the TPP, a far-reaching trade agreement involving 12 countries from Asia, South America and North America.


Five Students Span the Globe to Work in Education, Energy, Finance, Public Health, Education

Five Bowdoin seniors have been placed by Princeton University-affiliated programs in Asia, Africa or Latin America to work in the fields of finance, energy, public health, education and sustainability.

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Remembering William D. Shipman, Adams-Catlin Professor of Economics Emeritus

In a letter to the Bowdoin community, President Clayton Rose remembers William D. Shipman, Bowdoin’s Adams-Catlin Professor of Economics Emeritus, who died April 10, 2016, at the age of 90.


Economics Major Researches What Prompts People to Give to Charity

While his honors project is motivated by intellectual curiosity, it also matters to Jordan Richmond ’16 that his work could do some good in the world.

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Lucas Hausman ’16 Named First Team Academic All-America

Bowdoin senior and economics major Lucas Hausman, of Westport, Conn., has been named First Team Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors Association.

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Seven Bowdoin Faculty Granted Tenure

At its recent meeting in Boston (February 4-6, 2016), the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees promoted seven faculty members to tenured positions.


Nine New Courses Offered This Semester

The following is a complete list of new Bowdoin classes as they are described in the course catalog, plus comment from the faculty teaching the course.

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Not Yet Graduated, Bowdoin Senior Has Already Launched Her Career

Addison Caravjal ’16, a rugby and track athlete, has already started the job she’ll have post-graduation and has bought the home she’ll live in. “I like to be ahead of the game,” she said. “I don’t like to be behind.”

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Perspectives from Bowdoin Professors on the New Climate Deal

We asked professors from different disciplines to weigh in on the new agreement among 195 nations to reduce global emissions in an attempt to save our planet from the worst effects of climate change.

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Machine Learning: How Computers Predict The Future

“Everyone wants to own data mining now and machine learning”, she says. “It’s because of the amount of data that are out there today”, she adds, noting that how many of our everyday transactions are now electronically logged.


On Course: A Sampling of Bowdoin’s Newest Classes

This semester faculty members are offering many classes new to Bowdoin — 27 in all.


Bowdoin Economist Assesses Impact of Endangered Species Act

Assistant Professor of Economic Erik Nelson has found that the Endangered Species Act has made no discernible impact on what people do or don’t do on environments considered critical to listed species’ persistence.

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A Year of Faculty Grants, Fellowships and Honors

Over the past year, Bowdoin faculty from every corner of campus received grants and fellowships to support new and ongoing research projects. Others were honored for their work.

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Economist Deb DeGraff Studies Effects of Mexico’s Aging Population

Bowdoin Professor of Economics Deborah DeGraff is exploring a world of new data coming out of a groundbreaking study in Mexico that is following older people over many years.

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Michael Butler ’17 Helps Develop Rainforest Products to Benefit Local Communities

Michael Butler ’17, who has a funded internship grant from Bowdoin to work at Runa, said he was drawn to the opportunity because he’s interested in forest conservation, natural resource management, social enterprise and “developing new products that aren’t bad for the world.”

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Emma Young ’15 Wins National Math Essay Contest

Math and economics major Emma Young ’15 has won a national essay contest on how math is applied to everyday lives.