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!

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.

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