Jennifer Wu '14 is this year's recipient of the John H. Williams Prize for the honors senior graduating with the best overall record in the Economics Department. Her favorite Economics course is Professor Foote's 1010b, Intermediate Macroeconomics. She's been in this class all four years of her undergraduate studies – as a student during her freshman spring, and as a Teaching Fellow for the next three years. She explains: "I've learned to appreciate how truly magical the theories are in these four years, thanks to the questions that my students have bombarded me with, which have led me to ponder more deeply into the economic models and how they apply to real life." She'll be working in the internal strategy group at AIG in New York after graduation. A few other things about Jennifer – she's a big foodie, loves traveling, and is a devout fan of musicals and art museums!
First-year Ph.D. candidates celebrate having completed their General Written Examinations. Generals cover micro- and macro-economic concepts and are administered at the end of the Spring Term. Left to right: Laura Blattner, Alonso de Gortari, Andrea Passalacqua, Chenzi Xu, and Gordon Liao.
Economics concentrator Ben Sprung-Keyser '15 (pictured above) traveled to Chennai, India over the January break and came back with a crown – the World Universities Debating Championship crown. He and his debating partner became the first Harvard students to win “Worlds” in over 20 years. Ben competed with Josh Zoffer '14, a social studies concentrator interested in economic history, against teams from colleges around the world. In the final round of the competition, Ben and Josh debated the implementation of "radical free-market policies." For more information, click here.
The Department of Economics is proud to report that the Harvard College Fed Challenge team beat out the University of Pennsylvania to take home the national title in December. The team represented the Boston Federal Reserve District and was advised by Professor Benjamin Friedman. Pictured left to right: Samuel Young, Justin Katiraei, former Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke, Eugene Wang, Andreas Schaab, and Daniel Tartakovsky (not pictured: Kevin Li and faculty adviser Benjamin Friedman). Each team in the competition presents macroeconomic analysis, makes a monetary policy recommendation, and answers questions posed by the judges. Click here to learn more about the 2013 competition and here to learn more about the College Fed challenge experience.<embed>