• Recent Bard economics alums (Juan Bages, Stergios Mentesidis, Ahnaf Khan and Nicolai Eddy) sharing their experiences with current students at a career advising panel organized by alumni and the Career Development Office at Morningstar, World Trade Center, NYC  Sept 2017
  • Simon Simoski '17 presenting his research on household-debt driven growth.  In the fall, he will join the Masters program at the Levy Institute at Bard.
  • Professors Mike Martell, Ani Mitra and Sanjay DeSilva at the annual picnic - May 2017
  • Prof. Pavlina Tcherneva with students at the annual program picnic - May 2017
  • Prof. Olivier Giovannoni, Nathan Reece and Arielle Weiner-Bronner discussing their research poster at the Bard Summer Research Institute 2014.
  • Eva-Marie Quinones '17 (joint economics and global and international studies major) presenting her research on economic factors that enabled the spread of far-right political parties in Western Europe. She will proceed to the Ph.D. program in political science at Yale this fall.
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Program Events


Upcoming Events

The Treaty of Versailles at 100: The Consequences of the Peace

Friday, May 3, 2019


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The Hyman P. Minsky Summer Seminar

Sunday, June 16 – Saturday, June 22, 2019


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Archive of Past Events



Thursday, December 4, 2014

"How to Get a Job Saving the Planet"

Sustainability Careers with Non-Profits, Business and Government Join Eban Goodstein, Director of Bard's Center for Environmental Policy and MBA in Sustainability for the workshop "How to Get a Job Saving the Planet: Sustainability Leadership Careers in NGOs, Business and Government." Learn how our graduate programs prepare students for impactful careers leading change in these uncertain times.

Time: 5:00-7:00pm
Location: RKC 103

Reem-Kayden Center 

Friday, November 21, 2014 – Saturday, November 22, 2014

Europe at the Crossroads: A Union of Austerity or Growth Convergence?

Co-organized by the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and Economia Civile with support from the Ford Foundation and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung On November 21 and 22, the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College will hold its second annual conference at the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre in Athens, Greece. Co-organized by the Levy Institute and Economia Civile, the conference will focus on the continuing debate surrounding the eurozone’s systemic instability; proposals for banking union; regulation and supervision of financial institutions; monetary, fiscal, and trade policy in Europe, and the spillover effects for the US and the global economy; the impact of austerity policies on US and European markets; and the sustainability of government deficits and debt.
Athens, Greece 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

"What's the Cost of Climate Change? How to improve the Social Cost of Carbon."

Peter Howard, Ph.D.
Peter Howard is the Environmental Defense Fund and Natural Resources Defense Council Climate Valuation Fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis, where his research focused on climate change, environmental policy, and agricultural policy. Howard also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College. He most recently wrote “Omitted Damages: What’s Missing from the Social Cost of Carbon” and "Flammable Planet: Wildfires and the Social Cost of Carbon,"  in which he examines the Integrated Assessment Models used to produce the U.S. social cost of carbon estimate. He also co-authored for Nature journal “Global Warming: Improve Economic Models of Climate Change,” along with Policy Integrity Director Richard Revesz, economist Kenneth Arrow, and others. In addition, he co-authored several report for the California Department of Food and Agriculture estimating the costs of various pesticide regulations in California.
Hegeman 102 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Levy Economics Institute Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy: Open House

Dinner will be served.

Please join us for the most in-depth information about the Levy M.S. program. Levy Institute Scholar and Director of Applied Micromodeling Thomas Masterson will be available to discuss the program curriculum as well as the research that takes place at the Institute.

Dinner will be catered by Rusty’s Farm Fresh Eatery and the Bard Farm. Please RSVP by e-mailing Azfar Khan (akhan@bard.edu) and indicate your choice of meal: vegetarian, vegan, or nonvegetarian.

Early Decision deadline: November 15 | Regular Decision deadline: January 15

Visit us at www.bard.edu/levyms

RKC 200 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Webinar Info Session with Jan Kregel, Director, M.S. in Economic Theory and Policy, Bard College; Senior Scholar and Director of Research, Levy Economics Institute

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
URL: Click here to join the webinar at the designated time

To ensure access to all of the features available through Adobe Connect, please install the latest version of Flash Player before signing in to the webinar. For technical support, contact tech@levy.org.


Thursday, September 25, 2014 – Sunday, September 28, 2014

The 12th International Post Keynesian Conference

Cosponsored by the University of Missouri–Kansas City, Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, and Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, with support from the Ford Foundation The 2014 Post Keynesian Conference will address many of the traditional areas of research covered by Post-Keynesian and other heterodox approaches to economics, with keynotes by Lord Robert Skidelsky, James K. Galbraith, and Bruce Greenwald. Special panels will include “Money and the Real World,” in honor of Paul Davidson; “Connecting Approaches in Heterodox Economics”; “Reflections on Frederic Lee's Contributions to Heterodox Economics”; and “Heterodox Microeconomics and Social Provisioning: A Session in Honor of Fred Lee.”

For more information regarding submissions and registration, contact Avi Baranes: avrahambaranes@gmail.com.
Kansas City, Missouri 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Peter Rosenblum
 Professor of International Law and Human Rights


"Two Cheers for Corporate Social Responsibility"
A Talk in the Social Studies Divisional Colloquium
As “corporate social responsibility” enters the mainstream, its
initials "CSR" have become a dirty word for a broad segment of the
engaged public.  The voluntariness, vagueness, and uncertainty of
enforcement  – not to mention blatant propaganda by companies –
overwhelm any positive value, they argue.  At the other end of the
spectrum, CSR enthusiasts insist that it is leading to a new paradigm,
even challenging traditional forms of corporate governance. Oft
overlooked in the debate over CSR is the way in which public campaigns
have driven change and, even more importantly, shaped the mechanisms
that emerge. CSR continues to be as much the story of savvy activists
leveraging global networks as it is the monitoring mechanisms and
codes of conduct -- maybe more so.  Peter Rosenblum will explore the
current debate, drawing on his recently completed research on Indian
Tea plantations and a soon-to-published chapter addressing advocates
and critics of CSR.
Olin, Room 102 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Economic Seminar Series


Kusum Mundra

Rutgers University Newark 

The Great Recession had significant economic effects both in the U.S. and around the world. There is a great deal of evidence that homeownership rates declined during this period, though some immigrants were less severely affected than natives. This paper investigates factors that reduced the vulnerability of immigrants in the face of the economic crisis and increased the likelihood of homeownership. Specifically, it examines the extent to which birthplace networks, savings, length of stay in the U.S., and citizenship status affected the probability of homeownership before the recession and the extent to which these impacts changed since the recession. Using data from Current Population Survey for the years 2000 – 2012, we find that birthplace networks have a significant influence on homeownership and the importance of the factor has increased since the onset of recession. Moreover, the impact of birthplace networks on homeownership is stronger for citizens and immigrants who have not arrived recently. We also find a decline in the impact of saving and length of stay on the probability of homeownership during 2007-2012 compared to earlier years. In contrast, we find an increase in the impact of being a citizen on immigrant homeownership during this period.


Kusum Mundra is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Rutgers University Newark. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Riverside and an M.A. from Delhi School of Economics. Her research interests lie in issues of immigration, gender, terrorism and conflict, and econometrics. She has worked on issues ranging from the effect of immigrant networks and immigrant diasporas on trade, role of social networks on immigrant earnings, access to healthcare for immigrant women, empirical investigation of suicide bombing events and semiparametric panel data estimation. Her current research includes gender pay gap in the U.S., immigrant housing in the U.S. and Spain, role of immigrant networks in conflict, immigrant assimilation and trade creation, and nonparametric panel data estimation. Her research has been published in major economics journals including the American Economic Review, Demography, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, Terrorism and Political Violence, the Handbook of Applied Econometrics and Statistical Inferences, and the Frontiers of Economics and Globalization – Migration and Culture 

This talk is part of the ongoing Economics seminar series, which is dedicated to furthering the exchange of economic ideas in the greater Bard community.

Hegeman 102 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Economics Senior Project Presentations and Open House

Session I (9:30 - 11:00 am): Development Economics and Macroeconomics
1. Malaysia's New Economic Policy: Effects on Education and Productivity
Hui-Yi Chin (Adviser: Sanjay DeSilva)

2. Quantity-Quality and the One Child Policy: The Trend of the Intergenerational Educational Mobility
Lei Lu (Adviser: Sanjay DeSilva)

3. Return Migration and Entrepreneurship in Nigeria
Olawunmi Ola-Busari (Adviser: Aniruddha Mitra)

4. Have the EU Countries been Diverging?
Arberie Lajqi (Adviser: Pavlina Tcherneva)

Break: 11:00 - 11:15 am

Session II (11:15 am - 12:00 pm): Applied Microeconomics
5. Online Music Pricing: A Comparison of Alternative Pricing Schemes
Kanat Shaku (Adviser: Aniruddha Mitra)

6. Incidental Emotions and Trust Decisions
Idan Elmelech (Advisers: Kristin Lane and Aniruddha Mitra)

Economics Program Open House and Lunch:
12:00 - 1:20 pm

Session III (1:20 - 2:00 pm): Finance
7. Financial Regulation and Excessive Risk: A Behavioral Approach
Nelle Plotkin (Adviser: Dimitri Papadimitriou)

8. The Significance of Small Businesses Post Financial Crisis in the US
Nicolai Eddy (Adviser: James A. Felkerson)
Hegeman 102 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Economics Seminar: "Euro or Drachma?" Austerity in the Eurozone and the Future of Greece?

By Nicos Christodoulakis, Minister for Economy and Finance of Greece, 2001–2004



From 1996 to 2004 Nicos Christodoulakis was successively the Deputy Minister of Finance, the Minister for Industry and Energy and the Minister for the Economy and Finance in Greece. Nicos participated to meetings at the World Bank, at the IMF and of the G7. In 2002-2003 he was chair of the Euro Group and Econ Fin, which are composed of all finance ministers of the Eurozone / member States of the European Union. From 1999 to 2007 he was elected as a member of the Greek Parliament with the PASOK party.

Nicos is currently Professor of Economic Analysis at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) and a Research Associate at LSE, Hellenic Observatory.

During his long and distinguished academic career and public service, Nicos has published several books and articles on economic policy and economic crises. His most recent books include: “Euro OR Drachma”, “Can the Titanic be saved? From Memorandum, back to Growth” (2011) and “Economic Theories and Crises: The cycle of Rationality and Folly” (2012). 

This talk is part of the ongoing Economics seminar series, which is dedicated to furthering the exchange of economic ideas in the greater Bard community. Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – Thursday, April 10, 2014

23rd Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference

Hosted by the Levy Economics Institute with support from the Ford Foundation. Pre-registration is requested. Information will be posted at www.levyinstitute.org as it becomes available. Or call 845-758-7700. National Press Club, Washington D.C. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Career Club Meeting

The "Career Club", led by Bard students and alumni/ae, will be having their first meeting this this SaturdayMarch 15, 2014  at 2 p.m. in Olin 204. The mission of the club is to help students connect with professional alumni/ae. By connecting with the Bard network students can get their questions answered by alumni/ae actually working in  fields or organizations that interest them. Whether it's a summer internship or a job after graduation  alumni/ae  are an invaluable resource and can help you make important professional connections.
Anyone and everyone is encouraged to attend.
Olin, Room 204