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July, 2020

Graduating During a Pandemic by Andie Spatig, Class of 2020

On the afternoon of March 11th, while on spring break with all of my Pitt friends, a collective cell phone ‘ding’ rang out.  I opened the email that appeared on my screen, and saw it was from Chancellor Gallagher addressing what action Pitt is taking against Covid-19. For the remainder of the semester, there will be no more in-person...

An Interview with Sam Ressin, Class of 2020

  Why did you choose to study economics? I chose to study economics because I wanted to understand how our economic system works -- and how various political actors seek to influence the economic system to secure benefits and advantages.  What was the biggest revelation for you studying economics? My biggest revelation was that so...

2020 Student Awards

  During this year’s Commencement the Department of Economics Department honored its graduating seniors digitally. Seniors shared their post-graduation plans as well as their thanks to family, friends, and Pitt through the Department’s Commencement slideshow.    Asher Issacs Award to a graduating economics major deemed to be the best...

April, 2020

COVID-19 Impact at Pitt

In response to the international COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Pittsburgh has transitioned to remote virtual learning. All students were encouraged to remain at home following spring break, March 9-14th. The University made their announcement on Tuesday, March 10th regarding their transition to online courses and extended their...

Black progress gets a new explanation from new professor

It’s probably no shock to you that black Americans earn less than whites. On an hourly basis, black workers make somewhere between 20-25% less than white workers, even when looking at workers with similar skills, occupations, and education levels.   But what you probably don’t realize is that the earnings-gap between black and white...

Seeking to understand investing trend, State Dept enlists help from Pitt

Students and faculty at Pitt are helping the US Department of State understand one of the biggest trends in finance: socially responsible investing. Socially responsible investing (SRI) is investment which reflects goals that go beyond purely financial returns. This can mean investing in companies or funds that draw high marks on issues...

New Housing (data) Construction

If you’re like most people, you pay some attention to the housing prices in your neighborhood and how they’re changing. The internet makes this easy, with sites like Zillow keeping track of listings. But what do you do if you want to see how expensive your neighborhood was decades ago, in the pre-internet era? Right now, any historical...

February, 2020

Everyday Economics: Looking to Neighbors for Climate Change Opinions

Pitt economists show how installing solar panels may impact your neighbors' perceptions of climate change. Read on the Pittwire. 

April 3 - Economics Alumni Panel

SAVE THE DATE The Department of Economics & the MQE Program present a Distinguished Alumni Panel & Reception Friday, April 3, 2020 3 – 5 p.m. 1501 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, 1st Floor Ari Isaacman Bevacqua - The New York Times Justin Meservie - Monitor Deloitte Maia Woluchem - Ford Foundation  

Three Stellar Alumni Return

Last February, Pitt hosted a panel featuring three distinguished economics alumni. The panel featured three students with stellar academic achievements, as well as an active involvement and voice in their respective fields.   Joseph Kannarkat, BS-Economics 2018 The most recent graduate on the panel, Joseph Kannarkat, was awarded the...

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