Student Research

The Department of Economics provides several avenues for students to become researchers.

Students may elect to do independent study in economics, and majors in pursuit of honors will take the Economics Research Seminar as part of their coursework.

Research Opportunities for Students and Alumnae

The economics department offers the Peggy Howard Fellowship for advanced study or research. Students may also apply for research fellowships such as the Jerome A. Schiff Undergraduate Fellowship. They may be interested in the multdisciplinary approach of The Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute and apply for a fellowship (and further internship) there. Outside organizations also offer possibilities for economics students, such as The Fulbright Program or The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, among many others.

Internships are also available via the Wellesley Department of Economics Audrey Freeman '51 Summer Internship in Economics , general College internships that can be pursued with an economics focus, such as Wellesley Internships in Latin America , or internships through other academic or research organizations such as The Brookings Institute .

The Center for Work and Service as well as economics department faculty can help guide students to promising internships and fellowships for their own research.

The Ruhlman Conference

Made possible by the Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Fund for Interdisciplinary Study, the Ruhlman Conference takes place each spring semester and is intended to foster collaboration among students and faculty across the disciplines and to enhance the intellectual life of the College. The conference celebrates intellectual life by sponsoring a communal, public event where students have an opportunity to present their work to an unusually wide audience. By providing an opportunity for public presentation of what is often a private, isolated activity, the conference demonstrates that research can be part of the ongoing conversation in a community of scholars.

Students in the Economics Department frequently participate in this conference as an invaluable opportunity to present the findings of their  thesis research.  Following is a list of Economics student presentations from the Ruhlman Conference in spring of 2010:

Lisa Abraham, “The Effect of Mandated Benefits for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment on Infant Health Outcomes”

Runshan Deng, “Does Obstetric Intervention Improve Infant Health? An Economic Analysis”

Ilana Orloff, “Does Accessible Health Care Make a Difference? The Effects of Health Insurance Use of Preventative Care and on Health Outcomes among Diabetics”

Susun Kim, “Does Health Insurance Affect Utilization of Health Services and Health Outcomes? Evidence from Cancer Patients with and without Medicare Eligibility”

Hannah Dornbusch and Hilary Gram, “Global Crises, Global Solutions: Climate Change”

K. Sooah Cho, Darshini Patel, and Soumya Srinagesh, “Educational Outcomes: How Can Education Reduce Income Inequality in a Period of Accelerating Globalization?”

Kerry Scanlon and Bebe Zhao, “Hunger and Malnutrition”

Bellina Tse, Michell Dong, and Lehui Liang, “Financial Instability”

Sara Propp and Alexandra Solimano, “Terrorism”

Leslie Sheng Shen, “Foreign Shocks and Domestic Policies: Evidence from Credit Default Swap Spreads”

Jacqueline Valentine, “Who Owned Early Corporations? Wealth, Status, and Stockholding in the Early Nineteenth Century U.S.”

June Wang, “The Effect of Bankers on Firm Boards: Evidence from New England, 1871–1880”

Afia Tasneem , “Trade Liberalization and Child Labor: Does Increase in Exports Decrease Child Labor?”

Tejaswi Velayudhan, “Contraceptive Choices and Consequences in Bangladesh and India”

Natalia Kopyra, “Political Elites in Russia and the Effect of Their Background on Economic Outcomes”