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fed challenge

Congratulations to our Fed Challenge participants

Five Princeton undergraduates placed second at the national finals of the College Fed Challenge, an annual monetary-policy competition hosted by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

The students, Joseph Atlas '16, Ararat Gocmen '15, David Perlman '16, James Siderius '16, and Evan Soltas '16, also won the regional qualifying round for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia district in November. In the competition, the team prepared a presentation on the U.S. economy, presented recommendations for monetary policy, and answered questions from senior Fed officials and research staff.
Alan S. Blinder, the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, coached the team. 

Princeton has one of the finest economics departments in the world. Economics is consistently one of the most popular concentrations (majors) on campus and attract a diverse group of students with a broad range of interests. Princeton economics graduates go on to a variety of careers. About three-quarters begin working immediately after graduation, most commonly in the business world. Examples of the type of companies that often hire economics graduates are investment banking, consulting, and banking firms. Others go to graduate school in law, medicine, business, and economics.

Students use the skills they develop through coursework when they write their junior independent papers and senior theses. In the junior year, each student is guided through the process of designing, researching, and writing a paper on a topic of his or her choice. The senior thesis provides students with the opportunity to tackle larger and more ambitious topics. Applied topics are the most common, and many make use of econometric techniques.

**Almost all JIW-related events will meet on Mondays or Wednesdays from 3-4:20 p.m. Juniors must keep these time slots free of other commitments.**

Guidance for  Declaring an Economics Major

Undergraduate Advisors                          
Professor Smita Brunnermeier              
Professor Faruk Gul


Program Manager Noelina Hall
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