How Trade Advances Global Prosperity


Nina Pavcnik, the Niehaus Family Professor in International Studies and chair of the economics department, and Douglas Irwin, the John French Professor in Economics, were invited to be interviewed by Bloomberg forum producers for the three-minute video “How Trade Advances Global Prosperity,” along with renowned development economist Jayati Ghosh and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas Friedman.

Professor Christopher Snyder named editor of the Journal of Law and Economics

The Journal of Law and Economics is an academic journal published by the University of Chicago Press. It publishes articles on the economic analysis of regulation and the behavior of regulated firms, the political economy of legislation and legislative processes, law and finance, corporate finance and governance, and industrial organization. The journal is sponsored by the University of Chicago Law School.

Professor Snyder's research focuses on Industrial Organization, Microeconomic Theory and Law and Economics. His recent work has focused on healthcare and vaccines and the economics of open access journals, among other things. In addition to teaching undergraduate students, he is a research associate with the NBER in the Law and Economics Program. Snyder also serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Industrial Organization Society, and as an Associate Editor for the Review of Industrial Organization.

Congratulations to Prof. Irwin for Jones Biennial Prize

Please join us in congratulating Professor Doug Irwin being awarded the Alice Hanson Jones Biennial Prize for his book "Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy." The Prize is awarded every other year for an Outstanding Book on North American Economic History by the Economic History Association. More information about the prize and previous winners is provided here.


A little randomness can go a long way

The following excerpt is from Professor Bruce Sacerdote ‘s article "What to expect when a college assigns students to random roommates".

"Duke University recently announced that first-year students will now be randomly assigned to their dormmates. The goal is to give students a chance to meet and learn from peers from a completely different background. Is this silly social engineering or smart policy?

First, let’s acknowledge that roommates and dormmates matter for students’ social networks. In one study – titled “How Do Friendships Form?” – David Marmaros and I examined email behavior among thousands of college students. First-year roommates exchange 45 times more emails with each other than with a randomly chosen member of the incoming class.


The bonds that students form their first year are long lasting. By senior year, former first year roommates are still emailing each other at 10 times the rate that they would with other students on campus.


How Women’s Suffrage Improved Education for a Whole Generation of Children

While a growing literature has shown that women prefer investments in child welfare and increased redistribution, little is known about the long-term effect of empowering women. Exploiting plausibly exogenous variation in U.S. suffrage laws, we show that children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who were exposed to women’s political empowerment during childhood experienced large increases in educational attainment, especially blacks and Southern whites. We also find improvements in earnings among whites and blacks that experienced educational gains. We employ newly digitized data to map these long-term effects to contemporaneous increases in local education spending and childhood health, showing that educational gains were linked to improvements in the policy environment.

Assistant Professor Na’ama Shenhav's research "Who Benefited from Women's Suffrage?" was featured in the Atlantic.

AEA Video "The Great Divergence"

"We’re told that we live in a flat world in which technology makes geography less important to where jobs are located. And yet, the productivity gap between rich and poor countries has grown dramatically over the past two centuries and continues to expand. It is called the Great Divergence"

American Economic Association produced a video "The Great Divergence" explains how technology diffusion contributes to the growing productivity gap between rich and poor countries. The video is based on the study "If Technology Has Arrived Everywhere, Why Has Income Diverged?" by Diego Comin (Dartmouth Economic Professor) and Marti Mestieri in the July issue of American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.

Ran Zhuo '17 awarded the Rintels Prize

Dartmouth Economics Department is proud to announce that Ran Zhuo ’17 was awarded the Rintels Prize for the best honors thesis in the Social Sciences for the Class of 2017 for her thesis titled "Do Low Price Guarantees Guarantee Low Prices? Evidence from Competition between Amazon and Big-Box Stores."

The selection committee noted that "Ran identified a question that was full of economics, policy relevant, and poorly addressed in the prior literature".

Ran graduated as a valedictorian from the Class of 2017, with a BA in Economics and Mathematics. She is currently a Ph.D. student in business economics at Harvard and her thesis was published in December 2017 issue of the Journal of Industrial Economics.  

Ran is the third economics major in four years to win the Rintels prize, following the footsteps of  Ayushi Narayan '14 and Aaron Goodman '15.  

Hung Nguyen '18 Dartmouth Salutatorian

Congratulations to Economics major Hung Duy Nguyen ’18 on being Dartmouth Salutatorian. Hung is a research scholar of Economics department's DERS program, his research work with Prof. Nina Pavcnik was reported at Dartmouth news Dartmouth Economist Addresses the World’s Central Bankers. He received Economics Department's outstanding achievement award.

Congratulations to Economics Class of 2018

On Satuday June 9th, 2018, Dartmouth Economics department hosted its annual graduation breakfast reception in honor of the class of 2018 graduates and their families. At the reception, department chair Chris Snyder and vice chair James Feyrer announced the awards and Honors students this year. For the detailed list, please check our Honors page.

The entire Economics department wishes the Class of 2018 best of luck in their post graduate endeavors.