Economics Department

Bowdoin Grads Doing Their Part to End Polarization

Social media is often blamed for worsening some of our most intractable political problems — polarization, a misinformed electorate, a wobbly democracy. But Noah Finberg ’16 believes that social media, when used more thoughtfully, could also help alleviate these issues. For the last four years Finberg, with several Bowdoin peers, has been building an innovative social media start-up called Considdr.

Eleven Faculty Members Promoted with Tenure

From plate tectonics to molecular ecology, from the history of jazz to Asian Communism, from game theory to the French Revolution, the candidates span a wide variety of subjects.

In New Yorker Article on Bratz Dolls vs. Barbie, Bowdoin Economist Offers Insight

Jill Lepore H’15 reports on the expensive legal battle waged between the two corporations that sell Bratz dolls and Barbie dolls, arguing that their struggle illuminates the tensions in our society “between fashion and porn, between originals and copies, and between toys for girls and rights for women.”

David Bernstein ’13 Named Fulbright Alumni Ambassador

The New Year is off to a bright start for David Bernstein ’13. The economics major and anthropology minor has been selected to serve as a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador—one of nineteen former Fulbright scholars honored in such a way across the country.

Jeff Joseph ’19 Joins Harvard Cancer Research Project

“A teen went from playing soccer in the streets of a third-world country to attending a research program at Harvard in a seven-year span,” Jeff Joseph wrote in his application for one of Bowdoin’s summertime fellowships.

Professors Comment on Implications of Trump’s Paris Accord Withdrawal

In 2015, shortly after many nations had signed the historic Paris climate accord to reduce carbon emissions in an attempt to curb climate change, we asked several Bowdoin faculty to weigh in on the significance of the agreement. Now that President Donald Trump has announced his decision to pull the United States out of the deal, we checked in with a few of them again to ask them what might happen next. Below are their observations.

What Happened When Students Read News From the Other Side

For one month, fifty-two students and one staff member forced themselves to break from their comfortable routines by reading news from across the political divide.

Greg Maslak ’17 Sheds Light on the Merits of Bank Mergers in Downturns

For his honors research project, he zeroed in on the seeming dichotomy that resulted from policies implemented during the Great Recession, as the 2008 downturn is sometimes called. While big banks were blamed for causing the economic fall, preserving and protecting big banks also became part of the solution for it