Multiple Perspectives, Rigorous Training and Thoughtful Analysis

The Earlham economics department introduces students to the theoretical and empirical tools of economic analysis and helps students develop and hone the skills required to undertake independent research in one or more sub-disciplines of economics. Our faculty also are involved in interdisciplinary programs, including Environmental Studies, International Studies, Business and Nonprofit Management, and Peace and Global Studies, so courses attract many “non-econ majors,” which helps broaden students’ perspectives and experiences from multiple intellectual traditions.

Special Opportunities

Our professors regularly lead Ford/Knight Student-Faculty research project with students.

Associate Professor Rajaram Krishnan received an AsiaNetwork/Freeman Foundation grant to do research with students in Singapore.

Our students have completed internships at banks, investment firms, the mayor’s office and the International Office of Migration, among others.


Economics majors have pursued further study at a number of leading universities, including Brown, Duke, Harvard, Michigan, Minnesota, Virginia and Yale.

Others have made successful careers in consulting, banking, government, the private nonprofit sector and teaching.

Employers of our graduates include: E-Trade Financial, U.S. Census Bureau and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Earlhamites in Economics

Robert Faulkens
Athletic Commissioner

Robert Faulkens ’84 is a former high school teacher, coach and principal. An athlete at Earlham, he says, “this job is a chance to be a part of something I love. I can’t play any more, but this is a way I can still be involved.”

Abhinav Khanal
Politician in Training

Abhinav Khanal ’16, Economics and Politics double major, wants to become a politician in his native Nepal and change the current unstable political situation in Nepal and South Asia. LIke Khanal, Earlhamites pursue personal achievement while being socially concerned about the greater good. Thirty percent of Earlham graduates believe that most or all of their work is geared toward social change.

Distinctively Earlham
Our department offers multiple perspectives, rigorous training and thoughtful analysis.


Our alumni have found employment in a variety of fields including government, finance and consulting.
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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
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