Past Events

Co-op Employer Panel

Monday, October 26th, 2015
102 West Village G
6:00 – 7:00 PM

The Northeastern University Economics Society presents a co-op employer panel featuring:

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Matthew Sullivan
Business Associate,
(Former Fixed Income Trading Co-Op)
Bachelor’s Degree in Economics & Business Administration

 

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Joshua Sternberg
Research Analyst, Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Practice
Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs & Political Science

 

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Luke Brewer
Incoming Public Finance Investment Banking Analyst, (Former Co-Op)
Candidate for Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration & Minor in Economics

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Nichol Basquez
Modeling Analyst Co-Op
Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Candidate for Master’s Degree in Economics

 

Do It in the Dark: Sustainable Development Panel

Monday, October 19th, 2015
102 West Village G
6:00 – 7:00 PM

Join HEAT and the Economics Society for a panel discussion on ways that cities and countries are promoting sustainable policies and development.

Our speakers are:
Prof. Joan Fitzgerald, Northeastern School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Dr. Steven Scyphers, Northeastern Marine Science Center

 

Northeastern University Economics Society Hosts “The Federal Reserve and the Economy”, Presented by Dr. Jenny Tang

Monday, October 5th, 2015
102 West Village G
6:00 – 7:00 PM

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Dr. Jenny Tang is an economist in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Her research interests include macroeconomics, monetary policy, and international finance. She received her B.S. in Economics and International Business at New York University, and her A.M. and Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard University.

Dr. Tang will discuss for students how the Federal Reserve conducts monetary policy, and how its actions impact the rest of the economy. She will then cover the recent recession and the new policy tools that the Fed has employed in response, as well as how the conduct of monetary policy may change in the future.

 

Boston Symposium on Economics

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Blackman Auditorium
5:30 – 8:00 PM

While the United States has recovered from the Great Recession of 2008, many Americans have yet to reap substantial benefits from this recovery. According to the Pew Research Center, lower and middle income families have yet to see any real increase in their wealth since 2010. This, combined with relatively large losses during the recession, has resulted in a wider wealth gap between top earners and the rest of the American work force.

This dynamic has clear consequences for the well-being of middle and lower-class Americans. When GDP can recover without noticeable wage growth for the vast majority of workers, statistical economic growth becomes decoupled from economic prosperity for many Americans.

An understanding of the causes and effects of income inequality is vital not just for policymakers, but for all participants in the American economy.

Northeastern University Economics Society presents the Fourth Annual Boston Symposium on Economics: Income Inequality and the Rise of Social Investment.

Speakers

STEPHEN NATHANSON- Northeastern University

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Stephen Nathanson is a recently retired professor of Philosophy at Northeastern University. He received his B.A. with Honors in Philosophy from Swarthmore College, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University. Professor Nathanson is the author of a number of books, including Economic Justice, as well as articles on issues in ethics and political philosophy. Stephen Nathanson’s book Economic Justice introduces the philosophy of economic justice, exploring widely recognized values of fostering human well-being, giving people what they deserve, and promoting human liberty.

RICHARD VICTOR- WCRI

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Dr. Victor is the Executive Director of the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). He has overseen the development of numerous studies and analyses that have led to reform of Workers’ Compensation regulations. Prior to working at the institute, Dr. Victor spent seven years conducting research at The Rand Corporation in Washington, D.C., and Santa Monica, California. At Rand, he was principal researcher at the Institute for Civil Justice. Dr. Victor received his J.D. and Ph.D. (Economics) degrees at the University of Michigan, where he was the George Humphrey Fellow in Law and Economic Policy. He cites the people who have been most influential on his thinking as Professor Peter Barth, from the University of Connecticut, and the WCRI board of directors.

JONATHAN MORDUCH- New York University

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Jonathan Morduch is a professor of Public Policy and Economics at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Managing Director of the Financial Access Initiative (financialaccess.org), a consortium of researchers focused on financial inclusion. Morduch holds a BA from Brown and a Ph.D. from Harvard, both in Economics. His research focuses on microfinance, social investment, and the economics of poverty. Morduch is co-author of Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day and The Economics of Microfinance. He has taught at Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and the University of Tokyo. He has also worked with the United Nations and World Bank, and advises global NGOs.

 

Diagnosing Problems & Prescribing Solutions

Monday, October 28th, 2013
6pm
Curry Student Center Ballroom

In an effort to introduce students to a sampling of the many academic subdisciplines within the field of Economics, the Economics Society hosted three guest speakers from three very different fields:

Dr. Nancy Kimelman, a Northeastern University macroeconomist with experience in investment banking, who discussed how her Monetarist outlook differed from the Neo-Keynesian models usually taught to Economics students.
Professor Jodi Beggs, a Northeastern University behavioral economist and lecturer, who discussed studies performed by behavioral economists on Halloween Trick-or-Treaters.
Professor Laurence Kotlikoff, a Boston University economist who demonstrated how applications of Economic theory can be used in managing one’s personal finances.

 

World Trade Simulation

Monday, October 21st, 2013
6pm
102 West Village G

Members taking part in the inauguration of the Economics Society’s newly-designed World Trade Simulation were tasked with organically creating strategies and tactics to maximize their profits in a simulated global marketplace. The winners were able to overcome inequality in wealth and natural resources and the unpredictability of a dynamic supply curve.

 

Interview Preparation Seminar

Saturday, October 19th, 2013
12:00-3:45pm
150 Dodge Hall

An event co-hosted with the Northeastern University Finance and Investment Club and the Student Value Fund, students were briefed with updates on how their opportunities were changing in the wake of the Recession of 2008. After information sessions focusing specifically on positions in the Finance industry, Resume Critiques and Mock Interviews were held to provide more personalized preparation for the job search.

 

Co-Op Panel

Monday, September 30th, 2013
6pm
102 West Village G

The Economics Society brought together upperclassmen currently and/or previously working on co-op, as well as a campus recruiter from co-op employer Wayfair.com for a discussion and Q&A session. Panelists discussed a wide variety of topics regarding their experiences, ranging from how their coursework in Economic theory has prepared them for professional work, to how to smooth out the transition to an environment outside of academics.

 

Great Depression Simulation

Monday, September 16th, 2013
6pm
322 Hayden Hall

During this simulation, students were challenged to remake the New Deal. Tasked with advancing the competing political interests of various regional and party factions within Congress, the most effective lawmakers pushed their favored legislation through quickly and effectively.

 

Start of Fall 2013!

Monday, September 9th, 2013
6pm
322 Hayden Hall

In our first meeting of the academic year, we discussed our planned activities for the semester, including Current Events discussions, the Virtual Stock Market Challenge, guest speaker panels, and Economics simulations.

 

The Boston Symposium on Economics

Monday, January 25th, 2013
6-9pm
Curry Student Center Ballroom

The Northeastern University Economics Society hosted its second annual Boston Symposium on Economics. With the event organized around a single theme, The Future of Global Capitalism, three speakers were once again called upon to speak.

Mr. Bill Cheney, Chief Economist of Manulife Asset Management
Ms. Rachel Minard, CEO and Founder of Minard Capital
Mr. Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The video of the full event can be found here.

The speakers chat before the commencement of the Symposium.

After another successful and popular event, the Northeastern University Economics Society hopes to continue this series for a third successive year.

 

Meet and Greet!

Monday, January 15th
6pm
325 Shillman

First meeting of the semester, come meet your E-Board and get to know others. We plan to show how we’re trying to shape the club and what things we have lined up for you this semester. We will play our favorite ice breaker and hopefully we will all make new some new friends and start the semester off right.

 

Alumini Panel

Monday, November 18th
6pm
129 Forsyth

Econ Society has asked recent graduates to come back and return to Northeastern University to take part in an informational panel. Come and ask them questions about; how their economics major/interest has served them well after graduation, whether or not their co-ops helped determine their place of employment, how you can ensure to make the most of your economics major!

 

Jodi Beggs

Thursday, November 15th

A combined effort between Northeastern’s Finance and Investment Club brings you Jodi Beggs. Author of the popular, Economists Do it With Models  and a professor here on campus. Jodi has a way of making economics interesting to all. We think you’ll really enjoy her lecture about the economics of The Simpsons. You can find her on Facebook under the name “Jodi Beggs – Economists Do It With Models” and on Twitter under the same name.

 

Halloween Party

Monday, October 29, 2012
129 Forsyth

Come join the Economics Society for an economics-related Halloween celebration! There will be pizza, refreshments, and of course, treats. A prize will be awarded for best costume!

 

So You Want to be a CFA Charterholder…

Monday, October 22, 2012
6pm
129 Forsyth Building

The Boston Security Analyst Society is coming to Econ Society to give an informational presentation on the Chartered Financial Analyst program. This is a great opportunity to learn just what this challenging program entails. Presenters will discuss the many aspects of the process including an overview of the curriculum, the nature and mechanics of the examinations, the type and amount of effort required, and the impact the CFA designation has on one’s career opportunities. There will be ample time for questions both during and after the presentation. This one-hour presentation is strongly reccomended for new and potential CFA candidates

 

NU Service Day

Saturday, October 20, 2012
8:30am
Outside Ell Hall

This is a great opportunity to get involved in helping the Boston community while having fun with friends. Econ Society travelled to Leslie University by way of the Red Line to help “Let’s Get Started” with their event servicing high school seniors. Critiquing and perfecting applications as well as reviewing and revising college essays. Last year Econ Society helped to remove invasive species from the Franklin Park Coalition. Those interested should e-mail  nueconsociety@gmail.com Deadline to sign up is Friday, October, 12th.

 

The Political Debate on the American Recovery Act of 2009

Friday, October 19, 2012
6:30-8:00pm
Blackman Auditorium

Was President Obama’s stimulus package of 2009 successful in bringing the U.S. economy out of the recession?

Come see a healthy student debate featuring the Northeastern College of Republicans and Northeastern College of Democrats. hear from both ends of the political spectrum and deepen your understanding of this timely issue. This is an open even (no ticket purchase necessary), so bring your friends and enjoy!

 

State Street Site Visit

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
8:30-10:00 am
State Street Financial Center

State street will be hosting an Informational Networking Session for Northeastern students who are interested in learning about January 2012 co-op opportunities. Come hear from managers and present co-ops regarding the State Street program and what they seek in student hires.

Attire is business casual. Continental breakfast will be provided.

 

Steve Hooper: CEO of Kigo Kitchen

Monday, October 15, 2012
129 Forsyth

Originally an Economics major, Steve Hooper is now the CEO of Kigo Kitchen. His first restaurant opened this semester in the Northeastern Curry Student Center and is off to a great start. Come hear his story and bring any questions regarding entrance into the business world with an econ degree, the challenges of owning a business, etc.

 

Virtual Stock Market Challenge

Thursday, October 11, 2012-Friday, November 9, 2012

Join in on NU Econ Society’s 2nd annual stock market challenge. Start with $100,000 budget and see if you can beat out the rest of the Society to win a prize!

There’s a $10 commission on all trades. Short selling, marginal selling is allowed.

http://www.marketwatch.com/game/nueconsociety12

Password: huskies12

 

Professor John Kwoka
Monday, September 24
6pm
129 Forsyth

This week, Professor Kwoka will be speaking on the issue of when and how the government should intervene in business. That is, should it bail out companies, or let them fail? Can we learn anything from experience? Are there better and worse ways of intervening?

 

Fundraiser

Tuesday, September 25
6:30-8:30pm
Conor Larkin’s Grill & Tap

Join the Economics Society at Conor Larkin’s this Tuesday for a great time! $5 entry charge will get you free appetizers and a raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each.
Prizes include:
-Boloco gift cards
-Chicken Lou’s gift cards
-NU t-shirts
-Kigo Kitchen gift cards
…AND MORE! Don’t miss out on all the great prizes we have lined up!

 

First Meeting

Monday, September 17
6 pm
315 Shillman Hall

NU Econ Society is holding their first general meeting on September 17th! At this meeting, those in attendance will learn more about the club and the board will announce all of the exciting events they have planned for the Fall Semester.

Activities Fair
Thursday, September 6
3-5 pm
Centennial Common

Come join Econ Society at the Fall 2012 Activities Fair! Learn more about the organization, meet some members, and enter our raffle for the chance to win a free movie ticket!

 

Yoram Bauman, PhD: The World’s First and Only Stand-Up Economist

Thursday, March 29, 2012
6-8 pm
McLeod Suites – Curry Student Center

The Northeastern University Economics Society hosted Yoram Bauman, “the world’s first and only stand-up economist”, who performs regularly at colleges, companies, and comedy clubs. He has appeared in TIME Magazine, on PBS and NPR.

Yoram Bauman performing his stand-up comedy routine.

The event consisted of an hour long comedy show followed by a meet and greet/book signing. Yoram is the co-author of The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, which was available for sale at the event.

Yoram signing an audience member’s book.

Yoram lives in Seattle, where he founded Non-Profit Comedy, a series of benefit shows that has raised almost $100,000 for local non-profits. He has a BA in mathematics from Reed College, a PhD in economics from the University of Washington, and spends his non-comedy hours teaching in the UW environmental studies program, researching the economics of climate change, and campaigning for environmental tax reform. In 2011 he spent 5 months in Beijing as a visiting scholar at the University of International Business and Economics.

The audience enjoying the performance.

Yoram’s goals in life are to spread joy to the world through economics comedy; to reform economics education; and to implement carbon pricing. Check out his website: www.standupeconomist.com

 

The Boston Symposium on Economics

Monday, February 27, 2012
6:30-9:00 pm
Curry Student Center Ballroom

One of the most prestigious events the Northeastern University Economics Society has held is the Boston Symposium on Economics. The Curry Student Center Ballroom was filled with over 150 students, professors, and outside professionals. The featured professors at this event were Professors Rory Smead and Alan Dyer with outside guest speaker MIT Professor Noam Chomsky, often referred to as the “father of modern linguistics”. All speakers spoke on the topic of the “Efficacy of World Change”. Professor Smead presented on “Game Theory and Climate Change”, Professor Dyer on “The Human Species-Being” and Professor Chomsky on “Manufactured Consent”.

Professor Rory Smead (left) and Professor Alan Dyer (right)
Professors Rory Smead (left) and Alan Dyer (right)
The audience fell silent as Noam Chomsky took the podium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See this article on the Symposium by Jason Kornwitz of the Northeastern News: Sharing Economic Ideas

 

Halloween Party

Monday, October 31, 2011
6 pm

This week, instead of having a normal meeting, the Economics Society held a Halloween party! Members engaged in a fun filled meeting involving food, music, and a pumpkin-painting contest!

Judging the contest entries.
The winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China and the World Economy

Monday, October 24, 2011
6-7 pm
458 Richards Hall

The NU Economics Society proudly hosted:
Ex-Chairman of the Boston Federal Reserve
Harvard University Professor Richard Cooper

Monday, October 24th 2011 at 6:00PM at 458 Richards Hall. Professor Cooper has much experience in the field of Economics, and is currently immersed in the research topic of China as a player in the World Economy. Over 200 students showed up for this great event.

View Professor Richard Cooper’s Professional Resume

Students spilled out into the hallway at this event
Professor Cooper presenting on “China and the World Economy”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NU Service Day

Saturday, October 15, 2011
8:30am – 12pm

Econ Society participated in NU Service Day along with many other student organizations to give back to the Boston community. After the Kick-Off breakfast where participants got t-shirts, members went to the Franklin Park Coalition where they removed invasive tree species and helped the park look beautiful again!

Pulling trees out of the ground!

About Service Days

Northeastern University has a deep commitment in service to our neighboring communities of Fenway, Mission Hill, Roxbury, the South End, and throughout Boston. To celebrate Northeastern’s partnership with our neighbors, the Center of Community Service hosts two annual service days that engage students, faculty, staff, and alumni in a variety of volunteer projects benefiting our local Community Partner nonprofit organizations.

Econ Society’s faculty advisor, Professor Peter Simon came out for the event!

Past Service Day Projects have included: converting storage facilities into recreational rooms, preparing and serving meals at local food pantries, socializing with elders at assisted living and senior centers, preparing educational resources for local youth, and so much more!

Having fun giving back!