Learn about the wide range of forces that shape our economy and society.
Economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources, and the resulting forces that shape our economy and society both locally and globally.
Our curriculum emphasizes economic theory, statistical analysis and the role of public policy in addressing social and economic problems.
You can specialize in financial, managerial, international, industrial or other areas of economics.
Economics offers both a major and a minor, and is also an area of concentration in environmental analysis; public policy analysis; philosophy, politics and economics; and gender & women’s studies.
The Economics Major at Pomona College is classified as a STEM designated-degree program by the Department of Homeland Security, providing additional employment opportunities for F-1 students after graduation.
What You'll Study
- Micro and macroeconomics
- Economic theory and policy
- Allocation of resources
- Statistics and econometrics
- Important local and global issues
Researching at Pomona
"Capital Regulation and Bank Exposure to the Mortgage Business" Yashna Nandan '17
At the Federal Reserve Board, she analyzed the effect of increased capital regulations on the growth of the shadow banking industry, focusing on differences in bank loan-pricing to mortgage companies and other non-bank lenders.
Kyla King ’17 is studying why some markets, like live organ donation, gambling and toxic waste, are unsavory to society and the policy solutions needed to deal with these issues.
I love economics because it is a powerful combination of quantitative and qualitative reasoning that allows us to tackle the challenges that accompany resource scarcity. It provides a framework for analyzing today's pressing issues, such as income inequality, healthcare, the environment, and consumer welfare.
Faculty & Teaching
The economics faculty combines superb teaching with focused research, and they emphasize student research within and outside of the classroom. Their expertise includes business and finance, education, international borrowing, international trade, developing economies, income tax, immigration, labor, natural resource economics, the nonprofit sector, socioeconomics and econometrics.
Economics examines important local and global issues such as poverty, growth, unemployment, income inequality, trade, health care, the environment and regulation. It combines rigorous methods of analysis, including clear math-based theories of microeconomic and macroeconomic behavior, with sophisticated data-based statistical techniques for testing between those theories. These tools can be applied to many disciplines including forecasting, policy-making, banking, business, consulting, law and medicine.