Economic analysis can help us address such questions as:
- What market failures cause environmental damage and what are the best policies to address this problem?
- Is economic behavior rational, or do psychological factors introduce important irrational components?
- What economic benefits and harms come from international trade?
- 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.