How do markets aggregate information and coordinate economic behavior?
Why do governments regulate economic activity, and with what consequences?
Does trade with India and China reduce wages in industrial countries?
Should the Federal Reserve try to keep the inflation rate near zero?
How should public spending programs in health and education be designed?
What are the drivers of economic growth in low-income countries?
Within a flexible program of practical relevance, Swarthmore's economics curriculum emphasizes analytical rigor, the use and interpretation of statistical evidence, and the development of sustained written arguments. Students develop a portable set of skills, making the economics major a pathway to a rich array of careers in business, law, journalism, public policy, government, and academics.