In a recent article for The Diplomat, Professor Nader Habibi discusses how the “[China-Pakistan Economic Corridor] will affect China’s economic and geopolitical relations with the Middle Eastern countries, particularly the Gulf Cooperation Council members [. . . ] and Iran.”

To go along with this article, Prof. Habibi will be giving a talk about “[the] implications for the Middle Eastern countries'” involved in this trade deal on January 31st, 2020 at 12pm in room G4 at the Heller School at Brandeis University.

Read the full article here.

More information about Prof. Habibi’s speaking engagement to follow.

“To a large segment of Saudi women, [MbS] reform not only put an end to unfair social discrimination, but it also made it affordable for them to engage in business activities and accept employment opportunities.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Timothy Taylor, longtime writer of the Conversable Economist blog, recently posted a piece about the efficacy of incorporating video into introductory economics classes. Taylor touted that “[using video clips in intro lectures] can be a useful practice because it gives [the students] a sense that they are being introduced to a universe of economists, not just to one professor and a textbook.”

Taylor then goes on to explain how Amanda Bayer and Judy Chevalier have compiled video clips that would be most useful in an “Intro to Economics” class. Selecting the highlights of the compiled clips, Taylor noted that Dean Graddy’s work on the Fulton Fish Market in NYC could “easily be incorporated into an intro presentation.” He then cited her 2006 article on the same subject which was featured in the Spring issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Read Taylor’s entire blog post here.

Read Dean Graddy’s article about the Fulton Fish Market from the Spring 2006 issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives here.

In his most recent Op-Ed article with “The Globe Post”, Prof. Nader Habibi weighs in on the strained relationships between Middle Eastern countries. Read Prof. Habibi’s article here.

The Econ department’s very own Professor Joshua Goodman was recently quoted in The Hechinger Report about new research that has been done about the efficacy of tuition cuts and it’s impact on the institution itself. Read the article here.


Wednesday, May 1st, 2019. It’s a day that will be marked in Brandeis history. Professor H. Michael Coiner gave his final lecture at Brandeis. Olin- Sang 101 was filled with students from the economics 2a course, A Survey of Economics, as well as faculty from the economics department and students who just wanted to attend his last lecture. Professor Coiner was his usual vibrant self throughout and when he was done, he wiped the chalk off of his hands, looked up at the students, and said, “And that’s the course”. This brought a huge round of applause from all who attended. One graduating senior, Darhan Rzaev, the Economics UDR, immediately went up to Professor Coiner to shake his hand and said to him “Yours was the first class I ever took at Brandeis and today it is the last one”.

Darhan Rzaev and Professor Mike Coiner

Mike’s retirement was celebrated by many in the World Court of the IBS building on Tuesday, April 17th where the soon-to-be endowed “Michael Coiner Scholarship Fund” was announced. Once this fund is endowed, students recipients this scholarship will be known as “Michael Coiner Scholars”.

The overwhelming amount of thank you’s and heartfelt expressions just don’t seem to express all that will be missed about Mike Coiner. We wish him the very best and look forward to celebrating the future scholars in his name!




Thank you to everyone you reached out, came out, and made the retirement event for Professor Michael Coiner a wonderful success! We were also delighted to announce the establishment of the “Michael Coiner Scholarship Fund” which will be endowed within the next three years and recipients will be known as “Michael Coiner Scholars”.

Thank you for your passion, dedication, and years of service to the Econ Department, Professor! We will miss you!

The Brandeis Economics program was recently awarded top rankings by College Factual. According to their research “Brandeis University’s Economics program was ranked #16 out of 418 schools nationwide. This puts the school’s program in the Top 5% of all Economics programs in the United States.”

Read more about our state- and nation-wide rankings here.

Congratulations to our hardworking faculty and staff who endeavor to make the department the best it can be!

The Brandeis Economics program was recently awarded top rankings by College Factual. According to their research “Brandeis University’s Economics program was ranked #16 out of 418 schools nationwide. This puts the school’s program in the Top 5% of all Economics programs in the United States.” We have been awarded this honor two years in a row.

Read more about our state- and nation-wide rankings here.

Congratulations to our faculty and staff who continue to go above and beyond for our Economics students!

Emily Hong (’18) is one of our Undergraduate Department Representatives (UDRs) and will be graduating later this month. Econ 69a, Economics of Race and Gender, taught this fall by Econ Department Chair Professor Elizabeth Brainerd, was one of Emily’s favorite Econ classes in her last semester of her undergraduate career. Read more about Emily’s experience here and join us in congratulating her on her upcoming graduation!

The greatest benefit in learning economics is learning to develop tools and analytical thinking skills that can be applied to almost any topic. One of my favorite classes this semester was Economics of Race and Gender because we learned about sources and drivers of discrimination. It is common knowledge that women’s role in the workforce has changed greatly over time, but in this class we dug deeper behind generalizations like, “attitudes towards women have improved, so that is why progress has happened.” I loved learning how to break down the social, economic, and political changes behind trends.

I’m so glad that I was able to take this class before I graduated, because it gave me a new perspective on so many different everyday things, from education to birth control, that I would’ve never thought about. At Brandeis, we have the opportunity to pick interesting classes that fall outside our majors or crossover with other areas – and I would encourage people to do that, because this is one class that wasn’t required but that I gained so much from!

-Emily Hong (’18)

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