A set of Frequently Asked Questions for Economics advisors and advisees is now available. If you have a question, please consult the FAQ!
A number of current and prospective graduates of the Boston College Economics Ph.D. program are participating in the job market this winter. A list of those participating, with full details on their fields, research and advisors' contact information is now available.
Anukriti, Grubb, Regan join the BC economics facultyLast year's faculty recruitment season was exceedingly successful, with the department filling three positions in an attempt to reduce the pressure on undergraduate enrollments and strengthen the graduate program.
Assistant Prof. S Anukriti joins us from Columbia University, where she received the Ph.D. this year after earning the MA at Delhi School of Economics and the BA at St Stephen's College, University of Delhi. Her interests are in economic development. She has been appointed a Research Affiliate of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. Anukriti looks forward to teaching courses in economic development and the economics of gender this fall.
Assistant Prof. Michael Grubb joins us from the Sloan School at MIT, where he has served as an assistant professor of applied economics since receiving the Ph.D. in Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2007. He earned the M.Phil. at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and the BA in management and technology from the University of Pennsylvania. His fields of interest include behavioral industrial organization and applied microeconomic theory. He published "Selling to Overconfident Consumers" in the American Economic Review, 2009, as well as articles in Journal of Economics and Management Strategy and International Journal of Industrial Organization.
We have also strengthened the ranks of our adjunct faculty with the addition of Adjunct Associate Professor Tracy L. Regan. She received the Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2003, serving on the faculty at University of Miami and University of Arizona. Her research interests lie in labor economics, health and pharmaceutical economics, and industrial organization. Regan has an article forthcoming in Journal of Human Resources, with recent publications in Economic Inquiry, Journal of Population Economics and the International Journal of Industrial Organization. She looks forward to teaching one of the large sections of Principles of Economics and an elective in the economics of wage determination.
26 Jul 2013
BC EC 2013 and all prior issues available
Undergraduate Program FAQ available
A set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Department's undergraduate offerings is now available. If you are a major, minor, CSOM concentrator or interested in becoming one, please consult the FAQ!5 Sep 2010
Recent publications highlighted
An up-to-date list of the recent published articles of department faculty that appear in RePEc services such as IDEAS and EconPapers is now available, courtesy of the IDEAS RePEc service. To appear on this list, faculty must be registered with RePEc, the journal must be included in RePEc listings (as almost all journals of note are) and the author must 'claim' their article in the RePEc Author Service.08 Mar 2010
Giving to EconomicsThe Chair's Discretionary Fund supports vitally important activities such as student awards, purchases of textbooks for needy students, guest lectures, receptions, student travel to professional meetings, student and faculty mini-grants, conferences, and other events that maintain our thriving Economics Department and community. Should you want to discuss making a special gift to the department, please be in touch with the Office of the Director of Development of A&S, David Cave, Ph.D., at 617-552-9179.
Frank McLaughlin retires after 52 years
As classes start this semester, a face familiar to several decades of students is missing from the roster: Assoc. Prof. Frank McLaughlin has retired after a remarkable 52 years of service to Boston College. In recognition of his contributions, he has been granted Emeritus status, only the second member of the department (after David Belsley) to receive such a signal honor.
The occasion was marked by a joyful celebration December 2 in Corcoran Commons attended by hundreds of faculty, staff, former students and members of Frank's sizable family, spanning several generations. Nine of his eleven children are BC graduates, and five grandchildren are currently enrolled on the Heights. McLaughlin, the first generation of his family to attend high school, reminisced on his then-improbable trajectory to Boston College as an undergraduate, completing the B.S. in Social Science cum laude in 1954 and the M.A. in Economics (one of the first awarded!) in 1957. McLaughlin's clear talent for the discipline led him to graduate work at MIT, where he earned the Ph.D. in 1964 with his dissertation "Industrial Relations in the Boston Longshore Industry."
Frank joined the department in 1961 as an Instructor, and was appointed Assistant Professor in 1964. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1968. He served as Assistant Chair of the department for an unprecedented 32 years (1971-2003). During his tenure, he also taught in Harvard University's Trade Union Fellows program and Harvard's Institute in Employment and Training Administration. He was a Visiting Associate Professor of Industrial Relations in MIT's Sloan School in 1970-1971.
Through his many years of teaching, Frank has offered very popular undergraduate electives in Labor Economics and the History of Economic Thought. At the celebration of his achievements, current chair of the department Don Cox (BC'75) pulled out a bluebook from his own undergraduate days, and mentioned that he had earned a B+ on McLaughlin's exam. Cox is one of an estimated 13,000 students who have passed through Frank's classroom.
Our congratulations to Prof. McLaughlin on his remarkable record--adding up to 66 years on the Heights!--and his Emeritus status.12 January 2014
An addition to the company of scholars
The latest addition to the department's roster of Ph.D.s is Mikhail Dmitriev, a native of Russia, who defended on 2 April. Dmitriev wrote "Essays in International Macroeconomics," advised by Profs. Susanto Basu and Fabio Ghironi. He has accepted a tenure track position as assistant professor at Florida State University. Our congratulations to Dr. Dmitriev.10 April 2014
Economics major at 25-year high
The Office of Student Services has released Enrollment Highlights for the fall, 2013 semester which show that there are 1,018 undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences economics major and the Carroll School of Management economics concentration. This is the largest major and concentration, and the largest ever recorded, representing over 11% of all BC undergraduates, and a 25-year high for the Economics Department's enrollment. This total does not include those students in the A&S economics minor, nor those International Studies majors who follow the Economics track. The next largest majors/concentrations are Finance in the CSOM (862), Communication (844), Biology (795) and Political Science (656). Many A&S undergraduates graduate with two completed majors.
Student Services also announced that 266 students graduated in 2013 with an A&S economics major, compared to 133 in 2007. This represented 17.5%, or over 1/6, of the 1,517 A&S graduates in the August 2012-May 2013 period. There were an additional 38 students graduating with the CSOM concentration in economics.
The Department of Economics has increased the number of full-time faculty by several positions in the past three years, with a current roster of 36. Additional full-time faculty over the next two years to strengthen the undergraduate and graduate curricula. The number of majors and concentrators has grown far faster than faculty numbers, which would be over 50 if the faculty-student ratio prevalent in the early 2000s was maintained.19 Sep 2013