Welcome to the Economics Department of Whitman College. Economics is the study of how people and societies allocate scarce resources to satisfy their wants. The discipline of economics has a particular value in a studentís liberal education for many reasons. It fosters analytical thinking, a facility with quantitative methods, the ability to express ideas in written and oral presentation, and an appreciation of broad historical, social and political forces that affect human behavior. Further, economics offers a way of examining real world events that is helpful in preparing students to be effective global citizens. In short, economics introduces a way of thinking that can be used to form a deeper understanding of historical and current affairs.
This website provides information useful to students, faculty, and others interested in economics at Whitman College. It provides an overview of the Economics Department, including its faculty, the economics program, events and activities (including special lectures, and the student run Whitman Investment Company), career and graduate school information (including announcements of job and internship opportunities), student and faculty research (including the Working Papers series), and economics resources. Links are also provided to the Journal of Wine Economics and the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE).
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