- 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.