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    Director of Undergraduate Studies and Departmental Faculty Advisor for Economics
    Paulo dos Santos
    Associate Professor, Economics
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    Emily Sierra
    Lang Academic Advisor
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  • Engage in an informed, critical, and passionate investigation of the economic dynamics of contemporary society. The Economics program at Lang is committed to providing you with a firm grasp of the technical tools of contemporary economic analysis and a well-rounded understanding of the contributions of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, David Ricardo, J. M. Keynes, and other leading figures in the history of economic thought. It's a distinctive approach to the field that the renowned economist, author, and New School professor Robert Heilbroner (1919–2005) called “the worldly philosophy.”

    • Study Options Major, Minor

    Lang's Economics program is designed to develop technically savvy economists who are aware that true economic insight requires transcending received wisdom and dogma. Economics is a living body of knowledge that is shaped by social and political debates and struggles. Through the interdisciplinary study of economics you learn to participate effectively in debates about some of the central unresolved dilemmas of modern society.

    During your studies, you develop your ability to draw on this holistic understanding of economics to intervene critically—as a professional and an engaged citizen—in debates on pressing issues of economic analysis and policy, such as:

    • Causes of and possible solutions for rising levels of economic inequality
    • Challenges that developing regions face in efforts to increase employment, incomes, and productivity
    • Origins of economic crises and what societies can do to avoid and manage them
    • Economic aspects of class, gender, racial, and ethnic divisions
    • Economic strategies to tackle climate change
    • The future of capitalism

    As an economics student, you learn about the functioning of markets and economic institutions, study the history and philosophy of economics, and are trained in the quantitative methods of the field: economic modeling, econometrics, and the application of statistics to the understanding of economic issues. You can also combine your study of economics with other liberal arts fields, such as philosophy or global studies. 

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    Connecting to New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. New York City, home of the United Nations and Wall Street, offers a wealth of internship and work opportunities for economics students. For their coursework, students have visited the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the New York Stock Exchange, apparel factories in Chinatown, and the United Nations.

    Career Paths

    Training in quantitative economic methods prepares you for careers in law, politics, business, social activism, media, and a wealth of other professions. Our graduates have made careers with the United Nations and other international organizations, and in government, trade unions, community development organizations, environmental groups, and private-sector companies.

    Consult our 4-Year Lang Career Pathways Map (PDF) for helpful steps and resources to link your academic journey to your future plans. If you are planning to pursue graduate studies in economics, consider applying to the Bachelor's-Master's program, which enables you to earn graduate credits that will apply to both your Lang degree and a graduate degree in Economics at The New School for Social Research.

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