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Economics is a lot more than supply and demand—it is a field that will help you to understand and solve modern challenges.
Economists explore how individuals, businesses, industries, and governments allocate resources; they analyze the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Using theories, models, and quantitative methods, economists study human behavior to address diverse issues such as growth, unemployment, inflation, labor and capital markets, financial crises, health, the environment, education, trade, inequality, and much more. From local to global settings, economic analysis plays an important role in shaping individual decisions and government policies.
All Babson undergraduate students receive a foundation in this critical field, as they are required to take two economics courses: Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics. The economics concentration builds on those two courses, preparing you to apply economics principles to real-world decision making.
Where the Economics Concentration Takes You
By studying economics, you will take courses on topics that allow you to apply theory, problem solving, and quantitative analysis, such as game theory, international trade policy, education, and the labor market. Each course is designed to build your problem solving skills and empower you with an informed understanding of how people, societies, governments, and organizations interact. You will learn to make sound strategic decisions and assess their socioeconomic and environmental impacts. After graduation, economics students find career opportunities in wide-ranging fields, including corporate strategy, finance, consulting, education, government, banking, law, and wealth management.
What You Will Study
To concentrate in economics, you will need to take four courses beyond the two foundation courses (Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics) that all undergraduates are required to take. Those concentrating in economics should finish those foundation courses their sophomore year. The economics concentration includes a mix of required and elective courses.
Choose at least one from the following:
Successful business decision-making requires the systematic analysis of a firm’s internal factors and external market forces. You will leave this course able to evaluate firms’ pricing, product attributes, production, and output decisions, in the context of the competitive environment and constraints the firm is facing.
Central banks exert a tremendous influence over the economy and financial markets. Anyone interested in investing in or running a business needs a firm grasp on the effects of their policies and a general ability to predict their actions. This class will focus on how and why central banks do what they do, and how their policies affect the economy.
The economics concentration has a robust list of electives that demonstrate the breadth of the field of economics. You will need to choose a minimum of three (or only two if you decide to take not just one but both of the required courses). Explore some of your options below.
Game theory provides a simple but rich framework for analyzing the interplay between people or firms. Through lectures, experiential learning, and computer simulations, this course will provide you with an understanding of the many interactions you may encounter in your business and personal lives.
Avoiding environmental catastrophe requires that leaders appreciate the impact that production and consumption choices have on natural resources. In this course, you will consider the tension between the resource needs of current versus future generations, and you will use microeconomic models to analyze energy resources, clean water access, and our ability to control pollution.
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of Econometrics. You will learn how to use economic and statistical theory to develop economic models and forecast key financial and economic measures of performance. These techniques can improve corporate financial planning, marketing, sales forecasts, production planning, legal consulting and other decisions where better predictions can reduce costs and raise profits.
Who You Will Learn From
Babson’s economics professors are a dedicated group of researchers and educators who are experts, innovators, and forward thinkers. Here are just some of the professors sharing their experience and support with our students.
Yunwei Gai’s research focuses on insurance gaps and chronic condition management; impacts of health insurance on entrepreneurship activities; and the importance of preventative health care. He is also interested in the application of healthcare Econometrics models in entrepreneurial activities, international trade and financial markets.
Deepak Joglekar explores the challenges faced by developing countries as they balance economic growth with environmental considerations. In his research, he delves into fields within economics such as environmental economics, development economics, and public choice theory.
Kankana Mukherjee’s academic interests include applied microeconomics, data envelopment analysis, and productivity and efficiency analysis. She has applied her research to a number of industries, such as banking, manufacturing, health care, and energy.
Josh Stillwagon’s research focuses primarily on international finance and financial economics, examining exchange rates, interest rates, and equity prices. In the classroom, he strives to relate theory to real world data and illustrate abstract concepts through historical examples.
Faculty Contact: Jessica Simon
Sponsoring Division: Economics