As humanities majors continue to drop, students, faculty, administrators grapple with the value of a liberal arts degree

Tufts University has long been recognized for its robust liberal arts curriculum and nationally ranked international relations program, while also providing research opportunities and facilities for its undergraduates. Historically, Tufts began as a small liberal arts college chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1852, joining the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in […]

Alumni Q&A: Ioannis Miaoulis, Part I

The Alumni Series aims to create a diverse collection of experiences at Tufts through highlighting notable alumni. Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis (E ’83, AG ’86, EG ’87) has had a long and distinguished association with Tufts: six years as a bachelor’s, master’s, then doctoral student, […]

Alumni Q&A: Nobel prizewinner in economics, Eugene Fama

The Tufts Daily (TD): What were some memorable classes or professors you had at Tufts? Eugene Fama (EF): I started out as a Romance languages major and then took an economics course, and I loved it, and ended up with a dual major. I fell in love with economics and I’ve been with it ever […]

Peripheries: The not-so-worldly bank

The World Bank’s mission includes the laudable aims of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared global prosperity. Yet no international institution, despite the rhetoric of being globally representative, is insulated from geopolitics. Both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were founded as part of the post-World War II Bretton Woods system, which explicitly […]

Op-Ed: The epistemological error of ‘accessible’ economics

Talk of the young, newly powerful and outspoken congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has reached a climax with her recent announcement of advocacy for a 70 percent marginal tax rate. Since then, many outlets have published articles in support of her tax policies — Vox, the New York Times — all lauding the historical basis for her policy. Moreover, many cite […]

Editorial: Tufts should offer separate introductory courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics

Economics is a staple at Tufts, a common major at a highly-ranked liberal arts school. In fact, it is one of the top five majors in the School of Arts and Sciences. Undoubtedly, foundational knowledge of the subject is important and transferrable to a variety of career paths. However, the introductory economics course sequence at Tufts […]

Op-Ed: Pursuing economics: A call for active engagement

A recent article discussed the scarcity of women in the economics department and the comparatively good female faculty representation at Tufts. The article stated that the conceptual demands of the discipline cause significant attrition. Although the presence of female faculty is undoubtedly a strength of the department, this characterization fails to advocate for what is […]

Faculty, graduate students discuss scarcity of women in economics department

There are fewer women than men among both professors and students in the economics department at Tufts, according to Professor Dan Richards, chair of the Department of Economics. Richards told the Daily in an email that 35 percent of undergraduates majoring in economics or quantitative economics at Tufts are women. On Feb. 2, The New York Times […]

EconoFact continues to grow, reintroduces facts, analysis into policy debates

EconoFact, an online publication launched just over a year ago by faculty at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, is continuing to work toward its mission of reintroducing facts and economic analysis into public discourse on social and economic policy. EconoFact provides data and analysis of current policy issues through short memos written in accessible […]

Op-Ed: How to care about people and also major in economics

Recently, I read an article in the Tufts Observer that recommended the economics department teach theories other than capitalism in order to prepare students to confront the racism, sexism and inequality in our society. The article cites capitalism as the cause of these problems and argues that the economics department is complicit in their existence […]