Economics Department

An Economics Major Asks, Are Laptops in Maine Schools Helping Students?

The Maine laptop program, which gives a laptop to every 7th and 8th grader, piqued the interest of economics major Eric Giesler ’18. He wanted also to apply the knowledge and skills he had learned in a class he took with Bowdoin economics professor John Fitzgerald. The course, Economic Evaluation of Public Programs, teaches students how to measure the effectiveness of government programs, such as Head Start, job training, and housing vouchers.

Economics Students Analyze Childhood-Trauma Data for Free Health Clinic

Oasis Free Clinics was seeking help to compare information it had about some of its patients’ childhood histories — in particular, the traumas they may have experienced in youth — with information collected from a more general population. 

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.