Support Cornell Economics on Giving Day, March 16

Giving Day is March 16!

Dear Alumni of Cornell Economics,

The tools and insights of economics are critical to developing a better understanding of the world around us and to the productivity of a workforce that is increasingly skill-dependent. The value of strong economics training has never been higher for our students and for society.

Meaningful Ways to Give:

Undergraduate and Graduate Education

“The most valuable skills I have gained from my Arts & Sciences education are to critically analyze and evaluate information and situations I encounter, to communicate effectively with an awareness of my audience and to understand and appreciate the world around me in a greater cultural context that incorporates other individuals' backgrounds and perspectives. I have also learned important technical skills such as coding in Python, analyzing data in Stata and Excel and writing documents in LaTex. Beyond the technical skills themselves, learning these skills has taught me several soft skills, including how to quickly and efficiently identify and resolve errors….

Over my sophomore and junior years, I discovered my favorite place to study: the Economics Undergraduate Lounge…It was the perfect place to study by yourself or organize a study group for an upcoming prelim exam, and to casually run into professors or meet other economics students. A particular highlight of spending time in the Undergrad Lounge was on Wednesdays when the economics undergraduate coordinator would provide snacks and tea! It was a great gesture reminding students that the economics department faculty and staff care about our success and well-being both as students and as individual people.”

—Sydney Eisenberg ’21, J.D. Candidate at the University of Virginia School of Law

Your Donation Could Help Fund the Following:

  • A 15-week research project during the academic year, allowing an economics major to conduct research under supervision of a faculty member (read more about students such as Ariya Roberts '23, Steven Zhu '23, and Jose Maria U. Tapia '20, who have participated
    Prof. Lovenheim speaking with Economics Society at Cornell members

    in research projects with faculty)

  • ​More summer student research experiences
  • Data sets or subject payments for a student's economics honors thesis
  • Graduation awards at commencement
  • Weekly Coffee & Conversation events in the Economics Undergraduate Lounge, giving students an opportunity to socialize with one another, faculty, and staff

Your Gift Could Also Help Us Continue to Support: 

  • T.W.I.P.S. "The Works in Progress Seminar" which allows economics graduate students to present their research in an informal setting to other members of the graduate community
  • An interview specialist for Ph.D. students on the market
  • Graduate student travel to present research at conferences
  • Our math review course for new Ph.D. students, allowing them to better prepare for classes

Supporting Our Faculty

The Cornell University Department of Economics has undergone major changes in recent years, broadening and deepening its strengths in many areas of economics. Last year we welcomed two top-notch junior faculty and expanded the department with the addition of over a dozen superb public policy economists in the newly created Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy. Next year we will welcome an outstanding new professor and two first-rate junior faculty. Although there will be many new faces in the years to come, our commitment to being at the forefront of research and teaching will not change.

Your Generous Gift Could Support:

  • The recruitment of innovative faculty
  • Retention funds to keep top-notch economists at Cornell
  • A research assistant for a faculty member

The creation of a lounge on the fourth floor of Uris Hall where Department of Economics faculty from Arts & Sciences, ILR, the SC Johnson School of Business, and the Brooks School of Public Policy can collaborate

Much of what we are able to do in the Department of Economics is due to the generous support of alumni. Your contributions help us to continue to support our faculty, students and staff as well as to engage in new and exciting initiatives that will enhance the quality of the programs we offer.

Thank you for supporting Cornell Economics!


Michael Lovenheim

Donald C. Opatrny '74 Chair in the Department of Economics

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