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Carnegie Hall

Economics at Pomona College

Associate Professor Michael Steinberger explains what makes the Economics major at Pomona College special.

Student Passions

"The really interesting part of economics for me is being able to...apply [the analytical tools from my math double major] to issues that I think are meaningful and make a difference in policy."
--Maria Zhu 


Students who take our courses learn about a wide range of forces that shape our economy and society. Our curriculum emphasizes economic theory, statistical analysis, and the role of public policy in addressing economic and social problems.

We are committed to teaching students how to construct and test rigorous models of individual and aggregate behavior and how to interpret empirical results in the context of competing explanations. We offer a broad range of courses designed to serve the aspirations of all economics majors as well as the intellectual purposes of the broader student body.

Majors adopt either a general or a mathematical approach to the study of economics. Students may specialize in financial, managerial, international, and industrial economics, or another area of focus. Some classes make extensive use of the computer instruction facilities in the Carnegie and Hahn buildings and at Information Technology Services. Also introductory courses are kept to a very small size to facilitate faculty-student interaction.


The Economics Club sponsors career discussions with visiting alumni, co-hosts an annual personal financial planning seminar for students, and plans social and sports activities with faculty, including Women in Economics luncheon meetings. The Senior Colloquium has hosted internationally known guest speakers such as renowned British banker Sir Andrew Crockett and economists Asim Khwaja from the Harvard Kennedy School, Kevin Lang from Boston University, and Preston McAfee from Cal Tech. The Investment Club and Sagehen Capital Management offer students the opportunity to manage real investment funds.

After Graduation

Our curriculum prepares our graduates for rewarding careers in academia, government, finance, law, journalism, consulting, business, and the non-profit sector. Graduates have engaged in activities such as organizing an agricultural extension service for drought-ridden areas of Africa, writing for The Wall Street Journal, trading yen on the foreign exchange market, and starting retail businesses. Karen Horn, a 1965 Pomona graduate, was the first woman to serve as president of a Federal Reserve Bank.

Tahir AndrabiProfessor of Economics (909) 607-2513Carnegie Building 213
Peter BergevinLecturer in Economics (909) 621-8118
Eleanor BrownJames Irvine Professor of Economics and Co-coordinator of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program (909) 607-2810Carnegie Building 216
John ClitheroAssistant Professor of Economics (909) 607-0296Carnegie Building 203
Bowman CutterAssistant Professor of Economics (909) 607-8187Carnegie Building 212
Pierangelo De PaceAssistant Professor of Economics (909) 621-8744Carnegie Building 205
Manisha GoelAssistant Professor of Economics (909) 607-3997Carnegie Building 207
Jill HarrisLecturer in Economics (909) 607-4523Carnegie Building 215
John JurewitzLecturer in Economics (909) 621-8576Carnegie Building 218
Michael KuehlweinGeorge E. and Nancy O. Moss Professor of Economics (909) 607-4016Carnegie Building 206
James LehmanVisiting Professor of Economics (909) 607-2900Carnegie Building 207
Fernando LozanoAssociate Professor of Economics; Currently Associate Dean of the College (909) 621-8985Carnegie Building 215
Stephen MarksProfessor of Economics (909) 607-3342Carnegie Building 204
Neva NovarroVisiting Professor of Economics (909) 621-8000Carnegie Building 215
Gary SmithFletcher Jones Professor of Economics (909) 607-3135Carnegie Building 218
Michael SteinbergerAssociate Professor of Economics and Department Chair (909) 621-8977Carnegie Building 201
Xan VongsathornVisiting Assistant Professor (909) 607-2978Carnegie Building 216
Michelle ZemelAssistant Professor of Economics (909) 607-8840Carnegie Building 208
Emeriti Faculty
Cecilia ConradEmerita Professor of Economics
Glenn HueckelEmeritus Professor of Economics
James LikensEmeritus Professor of Economics
Hans PalmerEmeritus Professor of Economics
Frank WykoffEmeritus Professor of Economics
Rhonda R. BerónAcademic Coordinator (909) 621-8118Carnegie Building 211

Mailing AddressPomona College, Economics, 425 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711

Phone(909) 621-8118

Fax(909) 621-8576

Campus LocationCarnegie Hall