International Socioeconomics Laboratory
International Socioeconomics Laboratory

Economics 50

This undergraduate-level Economics 50 course is an introduction to modern applied economics with 45 hours of total instruction throughout six weeks through empirical projects, IRB-approved translational research, faculty lectures, office hour workshops, literature readings, and interactive competitions overseen by the generous intercollegiate academic support and facilitation of volunteer experts.

The topics in this course include equality of opportunity, education, health, environmental economics, and criminal justice to introduce basic statistical methods and data analysis techniques, including regression analysis, causal inference, quasi-experimental methods, and machine learning. Course lectures supplement the development of research projects throughout the fellowship and to give students academic exposure in approaches to education not often offered at many schools.

The course has three main learning objectives: 1) expose students to quantitative analysis on important social and economic issues, 2) teach students how to interpret data using current quantitative methods and simple programming techniques, and 3) demonstrate how practitioners use data to analyze social problems. The course is instructed in a manner in which socioeconomics is taught like laboratory science. Using the practice from the book "In Search of Deeper Learning ", there is emphasis in project-based learning.

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Collaborators From

Wharton MIT London Business School London School of Economics University of Essex Tulane University Harvard Chan School IQSS Public Lab Mongolia KIOCH CUNY Yale Law School

Sample Coursework

Awarded Researchers and Lecturers

Dr. Bryn Austin

Dr. Bryn Austin

Harvard Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Austin is an award-winning researcher, teacher, and mentor. She is Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Research Faculty in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is the Founding Director of the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders: A Public Health Incubator at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital. She is also the founder and faculty member of the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Health Equity Research Collaborative, also based at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Gary Hoover

Dr. Gary Hoover

Tulane University

My research focuses on the intersection of economics, race, and public policy. I am currently the Executive Director of the Murphy Institute and a professor in the Department of Economics at Tulane University. Since 2012, I have been co-chair of the American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession. I am also the current and founding editor of the Journal of Economics, Race and Policy, past Vice-President of the Southern Economic Association, and a fellow of CESifo Group Munich. Previously, I was appointed a President's Associates Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma and chair of the university's Department of Economics. Prior to that, I was the William White McDonald Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the University of Alabama and Assistant Dean for Faculty and Graduate Student Development in the Culverhouse College of Business Administration.

Dr. Sebastian Galiani

Dr. Sebastian Galiani

University of Maryland

Sebastian Galiani is Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. He obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford and works broadly in the field of Development Economics. He is also a Fellow of the NBER and BREAD. Sebastian was Secretary of Economic Policy, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Treasury, Argentina, between January of 2017 and June of 2018.

Dr. Prabal K. De

Dr. Prabal K. De

The City College of New York

Dr. Prabal K. De is a Professor of Economics in the Colin Powell School at the City College and a doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His recent research focuses on access, outcome, and disparities in health and education. His work has been funded by National Cancer Institute and the Murphy Institute, among others. Previously, he was a short-term consultant with the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University.

Dr. Robert Hauhart

Dr. Robert Hauhart

Saint Martin's University

Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D., is a professor and former chair of the Department of Society and Social Justice (2010-2013) at Saint Martin's University. Serving on the faculty since 2006, Dr. Hauhart leads the undergraduate criminal justice and legal studies programs within the liberal arts curriculum. He also acts as pre-law advisor and offers courses within the sociology major. In 2008, he was named Monks of Saint Martin's Abbey Outstanding Faculty Member.

Dr. Filiz Akgul

Dr. Filiz Akgul

The London School of Economics

Dr Filiz Akgul, Turkish Canadian by origin, joined LSE as a visiting researcher specialising on the structural forms of exclusion, by the study of human rights advocates and immodest women in rural and urban Turkey. Dr Akgul, was awarded a PhD in political sociology for her work on the study of police brutality as it occurred during Gezi Park protests in Turkey in 2013 and its similarities and discrepancies with domestic violence. During her appointment at Lancaster University, as a postdoctoral researcher, she connected domestic violence and police violence to the structures of relevant political systems.

Dr. João Rafael Cunha

Dr. João Rafael Cunha

University of St Andrews

Dr. João Rafael Cunha is an applied economist with research interests in financial regulation, banking, political economy, law and economics, economic history, macro-finance, and international macroeconomics and finance. He is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Economics and Finance at the University of St Andrews.

Dr. John L Larson

Dr. John L Larson

Purdue University

Professor Larson is an Iowan by birth and may one day become a Hoosier when his probationary period is up. He studied history at Luther College and Brown University. Before coming to Purdue in 1983 he served as Director of Research at Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement and taught at Earlham College. From 1994 to 2004 he was coeditor, with Michael A. Morrison, of the Journal of the Early Republic.

Dr. Matt Holian

Dr. Matt Holian

San Jose University

Matthew Holian is a professor in economics. His research is finding out effective housing and transportation policies in lowering energy consumption and fighting climate change. Over the past decade, much of my research has focused on the climate-change impacts of transportation. My view is that climate change is the defining issue of our time, and I have continued to work in this area, widening my focus to include building codes and wildfire prevention.

Dr. Patrick Mason

Dr. Patrick Mason

Florida State University

Mason is professor of economics and director of the African-American Studies Program. His primary areas of expertise include labor, political economy, development, education, social identity and crime. He is particularly interested in racial inequality, educational achievement, income distribution, unemployment, economics of identity, family environment and socioeconomic well-being. Mason is also the general editor of the International Encyclopedia of Race and Racism and has authored more than 90 journal articles, book chapters, books and other professional publications.

Dr. Dmitry Taubinsky

Dr. Dmitry Taubinsky

University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Dmitry Taubinsky is an assistant professor of economics at UC Berkeley and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Using a combination of theory, field experiments, surveys, and quasi-experiments, He studies topics such as: inattention to and misunderstanding of complex tax incentives; "sin taxes" on goods such as sugary drinks; energy policy for inattentive or misinformed consumers; welfare effects of non-standard policy levers (e.g., social recognition); and financial decision-making by low income populations (e.g., payday loan borrowers).

Dr. Joseph Vitriol

Dr. Joseph Vitriol

Harvard University & Stony Brook University

Joseph A. Vitriol is a Senior Researcher in the Political Science Department at Stony Brook University. He was formerly a College Fellow in the Psychology Department at Harvard University and a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Psychology Department at Lehigh University. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a BA/MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Matthew Kahn

Dr. Matthew Kahn

University of Southern California

Matthew E. Kahn is a Provost Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at IZA. He has taught at Columbia, the Fletcher School at Tufts University, UCLA , and Johns Hopkins University. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Stanford and the National University of Singapore. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and the London School of Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.