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 has been permanently endowed 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!

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)

Professor Nader Habibi has written an article for The Conversation regarding the tenuous ties between Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Click here for the full article.

Professor Nader Habibi has written an article for The National Interest regarding Turkey’s current economic crisis and how the country can avoid a “significant economic meltdown.” Click here to read the full article.

Professor Nader Habibi has written an article for regarding the Belt and Road Initiative. Click here for the full article.

Prof. Schoenle has been awarded a prestigious NSF grant for his research on pricing frictions and the origin of aggregate fluctuations. The award is joint with Prof. Michael Weber from Chicago Booth.

In a recent Bloomberg article titled “These Three Women Made it to Chief Economist at Big Banks. Here’s How They Got There”, Catherine Mann, former Associate Professor of the Brandeis Economics department and International Business School, is recognized as one of the few women to take on such a prominent role. Read the entire article here.

Read the complete article here.

Professor Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics, spoke with NPR recently on the U.S. pullout of the Iran Nuclear deal and it’s effect on the major companies in Iran.

“The European economies and Asian economies have a lot more trade with the United States. So, ultimately they cannot completely ignore U.S. demands,” says Nader Habibi, a professor of the economics of the Middle East at Brandeis University.

In fact, a lot of companies began turning their backs on Iran when Trump was elected, and that’s one reason why Iran’s much-touted economic revival has proven to be a disappointment within the country, Habibi says.

During his campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to scrap the Iran deal, which “made some firms cautious to begin with,” Habibi says.



Read the complete article here.

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