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.

2017 Case Summer Fellows Program

Launched in the summer of 2015, the Case Summer Fellows Program fosters research collaboration between Economics faculty and student research assistants. The program is 9 weeks long beginning May 28. Housing is available on the Wellesley campus. Student researchers are paid for their work and housing through the Karl E. Case Fund.

Possible projects for the summer of 2017:

Patrick McEwan

I need a Case Fellow for some assistance with data collection. Specifically, I want to link administrative data on Wellesley College students with data on their employment outcomes (the project is an extension of the thesis work of Sheridan Rogers '17).  So far, the best idea is to use Linkedin data and Glassdoor data.  The project will likely involve:  (1) design of a coding rubric; (2) updating paperwork with the Wellesley College Institutional Review Board; (3) interviews with Career Education to inquire about their own employment data; and (4) hand-coding of website data. 

David Lindauer 

My project for this summer involves updating and revising the exhibits in Economics of Development (Norton). My co-authors and I are preparing the next edition of this textbook, currently in its 7th edition. I would like to work with a student who has completed both principles courses in economics and has some background in statistics, preferably having completed Econ 103 and 203. You should also be interested in development economics, enjoy working with data and have facility using Excel and a familiarity with Stata. Your time will be devoted to generating the charts and tables on development outcomes that appear throughout the textbook, using data sets available from the World Bank and other agencies. You might undertake literature reviews and do some copy-editing as well.

Joe Joyce

I am interested in sharing a Case Fellow with another faculty member to continue my work on financial globalization. In the past two summers, Case Fellows have worked on databases for papers on the external assets and liabilities of nations. It would be most useful if the Fellow had taken ECON 203 so that she could do some regressions. I would be happy to send recent papers to anyone who is interested in this work.

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.