May 30, 2024  
2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Economics

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Faculty and Fields of Interest

David Berger, Professor Emeritus  jobs and discrimination, urban

Sarah Cosgrove, Associate Professor industrial organization, regulation, antitrust, microeconomics

Daniel Georgianna, Professor Emeritus  marine resource economics, history of economic thought

Randy Hall, Lecturer international trade, international finance

William Hogan, Professor Emeritus demography, economic history

Robert Jones (Chairperson) economics of health and medicine, public finance, microeconomics, econometrics

Devon Lynch, Associate Professor public policy, state and local public finance

Merve Meral, Assistant Professor labor, economics of health

Neal Olitsky, Assistant Professor labor, economics of education

Parag Waknis, Assistant Professor monetary policy, political economy of government spending


A major in economics provides students with a unique blend of a liberal arts education and the practical skills necessary for intelligent decision-making and administration in business and government. In addition to providing a sound foundation in economic theory and economic statistics, the economics major introduces students to a variety of applied fields which focus on international, national and regional economic problems, issues and policies. Class sizes in major courses are relatively small, and there is ample opportunity for direct contact and interaction with faculty.

Economics is the science of decision-making. Students of economics learn to identify and analyze the costs and benefits of financial and social decisions. Skills in cost-benefit analysis, the core of economists’ training, are widely applicable and highly valued in current job markets.

Graduates of the economics program are prepared for and have been employed in finance, insurance, real estate (for example as real estate appraisers, stock brokers, credit analysts, loan officers and research analysts); economic journalism; high school teaching, public policy and government employment (federal, state, local); and in managerial positions in business.

Opportunities for further education include law school (JD Degree); graduate business school (MBA degree); MS degrees in accounting, business, or finance; master’s degree in public policy; and master’s degree and PhD in economics.


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