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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

Hao Nguyen
The World as a Classroom

A whirlwind of international experience in her junior year helped Hao Nguyen ’17 narrow her career focus. She spent spring semester in London and then travelled to China to complete an internship and research opportunity.

Tamer Nagy Mahmoud
Constitutional Adviser

Tamer Nagy Mahmoud ’02 found himself counseling governments, including advising the drafters of a new constitution for his home country of Egypt.

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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