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2020-2021 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 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, Professor and Chairperson 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 Associate Professor/Associate Dean economics of health and medicine, public finance, microeconomics, econometrics

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

Merve Meral, Associate Professor labor, economics of health

Neal Olitsky, Associate Professor labor, economics of education

Biyan Tang, Assistant Professor divisia monetary aggregates, monetary policy


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 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, consulting, 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.

A major in economics in the Healthcare Services Administration track is designed for healthcare professionals or recent graduates holding an associate’s degree who want to advance their careers as managers or supervisors. This major provides students with foundational skills in budgeting, management, quantitative analysis, and policy analysis. Graduates of the program have the practical skills necessary for intelligent decision-making and administration in healthcare and are prepared for careers in community clinics, government offices, hospitals, insurance companies, and regulatory agencies.

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