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Economic Tools for Policy and Business Living Learning Community​

The Economic Tools for Policy and Business living learning community helps students develop generalizable, flexible, and important skills within the discipline of economics. While living in Ireland Hall, students will build relationships with other economic students and explore the wide range of career opportunities with an Economics Degree.

Students will encounter the “economic way of thinking” with its many applications to business, healthcare, law, public policy, and data analytics. They will develop skills that can be applied to a wide variety of majors and will help them to understand and interpret current events. In the fast-paced and data-rich era of globalization, an understanding of economics will be indispensable.

* Please note that students who participate in this LLC need a Math Placement of MATH 101 or higher. Residence Life and Academic Counseling cannot accept your preferencein this LLC with a Math Placement lower than MATH 101. The ECON 251/252 course requires a Math Placement as it directly connects with a students’ ability to do math within the course. If you have taken the ACT, please be sure that this information is in your admissions paperwork. If your ACT Math score was 20 or higher, you do not have to take the math placement. For more information about math placements, please visit the Math Placement site.

Courses ECON 251
ECON 252
Faculty Monica Hartmann; hartmann@stthomas.edu
Matthew Kim; mkim@stthomas.edu
Tyler Schipper; tyler.schipper@stthomas.edu
First Year Experience Meets the Learning Community requirement under FYE
Core Area Courses Social Analysis
Academic Major/Minor Economics Major & Minor
Business Economics
International Economics
Mathematical Economics
Public Policy Economics

Speakers show students the range of careers that are possible with an economics degree and how economics informs decision making from business and finance to healthcare and government.

Our Fall 2020 lineup included:

Global Financial Markets and Financial Regulation

Presented by Lee Reiners, Executive Director at Global Financial Markets Center, Duke University (UST B.S. in Business Economics, Duke M.P.P.)

Health Care Economics and Analytics Panel

Presented by Breanna Arndt, Health Policy Analyst at Mathematica (UST B.S. in International Economics, U Minnesota M.S. in Applied Economics), Andrew Larsen, Principal Data Scientist at Revel (UST B.S. in Business Economics, Iowa State M.A. in Economics), Jake Mason, Senior Data Scientist at Carrot Health (UST B.A. in Economics)

Disparities in our Education System

Presented by Neel Kashkari, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Data as a Vehicle: Driving Communication, Strategy, & Decisions

Presented by Jeremy Jin (UST B.S. in Business Economics)

Economic Analysis Informing Strategic Business Decisions

Presented by Bradley Hart, Regional Director - Marketing - North America & Leasing at Boeing (UST B.A. in Economics, U Michigan M.B.A.), Amy Swedberg Financial Services Attorney and Partner at Maslon LLP (UST B.A. in Economics & Quantitative Methods, U Minnesota J.D.), Suzanne Casper, Alina Health, (UST B.A. in Economics, M.B.A.)

Economic Opportunity and Inclusion with Abigail Wozniak

Presented by Dr. Abigail Wozniak, Director of Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Food Insecurity in the U.S.

Presented by Drs. Craig Gundersen (University of Illinois), Margaret Pfeil (University of Notre Dame), and Bruce Weber (Oregon State).

Bank of England’s Exploration to Drive Interest Rates Negative

Presented by Dr. Holger Sandte, Senior Lecturer at DIS Study Abroad. (Formerly, Senior Economist at the Ministry of Finance of Denmark and Senior European Analyst at Nordea Markets)