May 23, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

Applied Economics

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Randy Albelda, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Public Policy
  • Labor Economics
  • Political Economy of Gender and Race

Amit Basole, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Development Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Gender and Development
  • Informal Sector

Michael Carr, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Labor Economics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Econometrics

Kade Finnoff, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Economic Development
  • Political Economy of Violent Conflict
  • Gendered Violence
  • African Development

Anne Fitzpatrick, PhD, University of Michigan

  • Health Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Program Evaluation

Keren Mertens Horn, PhD, New York University

  • Urban Economics
  • Housing Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics

Arjun Jayadev, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • International Economics
  • Economics of Distribution
  • Political Economy
  • Macroeconomic Dynamics

Janis Kapler, PhD, American University

  • International Trade and Finance
  • Open-Economy Macroeconomics
  • Transnational Corporations

Marlene Kim, PhD, University of California-Berkeley

  • Discrimination and the Working Poor

Yun Kim, PhD, American University

  • Macroeconomics
  • Post Keynesian Economics
  • Monetary Economics

Charalampos (Harry) Konstantinidis, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Political Economy
  • Ecological Economics
  • History of Economic Thought

Adugna Lemi, PhD, Western Michigan University

  • International Trade and Finance
  • Development Economics
  • Poverty and Income Dynamics

Julie A. Nelson, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • Gender and Economics
  • Philosophy and Methodology of Economics
  • Ecological Economics
  • Quantitative Methods

Guy Numa, PhD, Université Paris Dauphine

  • History of Economic Thought
  • Monetary Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Caribbean Political Economy

Andrew Perumal, PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Regional and Urban Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Economics of Education

David Terkla, PhD, University of California-Berkeley

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Regional Economic Development

David Timmons, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Environmental and Ecological Economics
  • Renewable Energy Economics
  • Local Food Systems

Emily Wiemers, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

  • Economic Demography
  • Household Behavior and Family Economics
  • Economics of Health and Aging

The Program

The Master of Arts Program in Applied Economics brings three distinctive features to the study of economics: emphasis on the practical application of key social science research methods; insights from both traditional and alternative economic approaches; and a focus on urban economic issues. The program is designed for people currently working in a policy setting or desiring jobs as economists in business, government, or nonprofit organizations. Most courses are offered in late afternoons and evenings making it is possible to complete the program in two years on a part-time basis.

The curriculum provides foundational courses in orthodox and heterodox economic theory, methodology, and courses focusing on the analysis of urban issues in a global context. The design of the program strongly emphasizes the set of skills necessary to do applied economic research, including critical analytical thinking and quantitative problem-solving skills. Students will design and implement an independent applied economics research project tailored to their own policy or career interests, culminating in a masters’ research capstone project or a master’s thesis.

Five-Year Accelerated Combined BA/MA program

An accelerated five-year BA/MA program is also available for eligible UMass Boston undergraduate students. If accepted, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in applied economics in less time than it would take to earn these degrees separately. Students are accepted into the master’s degree program in their junior year, start taking graduate courses in their senior year and complete the requirements in their fifth year. Once completing all requirements, students are awarded both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Students who do not complete the entire program with required GPA may choose to apply appropriate credits toward the bachelor’s degree. The BA/MA program consists of 142 credits (110 undergraduate and 32 graduate level credits or their equivalents), which can be completed in five years.



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