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Visible Hands in Economics

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What is the VHE program?

The VHE Program (Visible Hands in Economics) was introduced in 2018/19 and is designed to create a welcoming, inclusive environment in introductory economics. The program is responsible for many of the traditional TA roles, including hosting section-specific clinics and grading. VHEs help introduce students to the discipline, including working with students on course content and sharing ideas and strategies for getting the most out of introductory economics.

Fall 2021 VHEs

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Marion Carr (VHE Coordinator)

Label: Class of 2022
  • Majors(s)/Minor(s): Honors economics major with honors minor philosophy and minor in engineering
  • Economics Courses Taken: Intro to Econ (001), Intro to Econometrics (031), Intermediate Micro (011), Intermediate Macro (021), Economic Development (081), Operations Research (057), Econometrics (035), Game Theory (012), Advanced Microeconomics (101).  I'm taking the Economic Development Seminar (181) in the fall.
  • What is your favorite thing about economics: How applicable it is to a wide range of real world issues.
  • Interesting Fact: In my free time, I enjoy reading, woodworking, and hiking.
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Sameer Halepoto

Label: Class of 2023
  • Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics major with a minor in computer science.
  • Economics Courses Taken: Introduction to economics, introduction to econometrics, intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics. In this upcoming semester, I will be taking behavioral and experimental economics with Professor Bhanot.
  • What is your favorite thing about economics: My favorite thing about economics is it’s applicability to other fields and it’s potential to be a dynamic force for change.
  • Interesting Fact: An interesting fact about me is that I can speak five different languages
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Sam Winickoff

  • Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics Major & Chemistry Minor
  • Economics Courses Taken: Introduction to Economics (001), Intermediate Microeconomics (011), Intermediate Macroeconomics (021), Introduction to Econometrics (031), Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Economics (073).
  • What is your favorite thing about economics: It gives you tools to think about complex real-world problems and a framework to design and assess policies to address those problems.
  • Interesting Fact: I think we should stay on Daylight Savings Time all year.
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Olivia Shan

Label: Class of 2022
  • Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics major with minors in biology and computer science
  • Economics Courses Taken: Intro to Econ (001); Intermediate Micro (011); Intermediate Macro (021); Intro to Econometrics (031); Behavioral Economics (055); Industrial Organization (061); Health Economics (075)
  • Favorite thing about Economics: I enjoy the systematic approach of Econ that can be applied to  problems across many disciplines (I've also had some really wonderful professors in the Econ Department!)
  • Interesting Fact: I have two sisters that are also Swatties!
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Eliza Murphy

Label: Class of 2023
  • Hometown: Philadelphia
  • Majors: Honors Educational Studies and Economics
  • Activities: VHE, Softball, Chester Softball Club, Tour Guide, Sunrise Movement
  • Econ Classes Taken: Introduction to Economics, Environmental Policy and Economics, Educational Economics, Intermediate Micro, Intermediate Macro
  • Fun Fact: I do sock shoe sock shoe
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Norika Saah

Label: Class of 2022
  • Major/minors: Economics w/ minor in French and Philosophy
  • Econ courses taken: Intro to Econ (001), Behavioral Public Policy (003), Behavioral Economics (055), Intermediate Micro (011), Intermediate Macro (021), Intro to Econometrics (031), Financial Accounting (033), Political Economy of Africa (082; in the fall)
  • Fave thing about Econ: I love the learning about random control trials that are done to create policy 
  • Interesting fact: my nickname means seaweed in Japanese
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Sandy Shen

Label: Class of 2023
  • Majors(s)/Minor(s): Economics Major and Statistics Minor
  • Economics Courses Taken: Health Economics, Econometrics, Intermediate Micro and Macro, Health of Nations 
  • What is your favorite thing about economics: I enjoy having a frame of reference (however imperfect) to assess human behavior and choices. 
  • Interesting Fact: my favorite book at the moment is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.
Gabrielle Cosey

Gabrielle Cosey

Label: Class of 2023
  • Major(s)/Minor(s): Honors Sociology Major and Honors Economics Minor/Course Major
  • Econ Classes Taken: Intro to Econ (001), Race, Gender, Ethnicity in Econ (073), Intermediate Microecon (011), Intermediate Macroecon (021), Intro to Econometrics (031).

  • Favorite Thing About Econ: Being able to use it as a framework to look at social and systemic patterns of inequities. 

  • Interesting Fact: I'm an avid fan of competitive surfing. 

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Keyan Shayegan

Label: Class of 2023
  • Major/Minor: Honors Economics, Honors Mathematics
  • Econ Courses Taken: 001, 054 (Global Capitalism Since 1920), 011 (Intermediate Microeconomics), 021 (Intermediate Macroeconomics), Advanced Mathematical Economics (Taken off-campus)
  • Favorite thing about economics:  Developing a mathematical framework to think about the way society operates
  • Interesting fact: If all the living humans on earth stood shoulder-to-shoulder, we would fit within the Los Angeles city limits.
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Ariel Zhao

Label: Class of 2024
  • Major(s)/Minor(s): Undecided
  • Economic Courses Taken: Intro to Econ (001), Intro to Econometrics (031)
  • What is your favorite thing about Economics: Economics is a subject: Economics means much more than money. It can be applied to many areas. It is practical knowledge, a philosophy of life, and a tool for making changes. 
  • Interesting fact: I play a Chinese instrument called Erhu.