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Readings & Research
Students who wish to pursue studies that are not covered by the department's regular course offerings may sign up for EC 297 (Fall) or EC 298 (Spring) (Readings and Research). However, the student needs a sponsoring faculty member to approve the plan of work, to guide the student's studies, evaluate the work and assign the grade. The plan for the semester, the means of evaluation, and a detailed timetable need to be worked out with the faculty member prior to the end of the add/drop period. In this manner, if things do not work out, the student may pick up some other course.
Academic Programs for Learning and Engagement (APLE)
Students have the opportunity to engage deeply with economics through research projects. In each case, students can work on individual projects, or with other students in group projects. The College of Arts & Sciences offers some funding opportunities for such research.
Students with high academic achievement can pursue independent research projects with faculty as a capstone to their economics major. Often this is done as part of the College Honors Program, the Honors College or the John Dewey Honors Program.
Recent examples of individually conducted student research projects include:
- an analysis of how information technology affects investment behavior in the U.S. economy
- a study of how governance reforms would affect the ability of Mexico's economy to respond to financial crises
There are also opportunities for students to conduct research projects as a group. For example, in a recent Environmental Economics class, students wrote a comprehensive analysis of a proposed wind power project off the coast of Cape Cod. You can look at their report capwind.pdf.
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