Department of Economics
The comprehensive programs in the Economics department enable students to become familiar with many aspects of the economy and develop effective economic analysis and problem-solving techniques.
Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods and services in order to interpret and forecast market trends, design policies or make recommendations for solving economic problems, and/or advise business, governments and individuals on economic topics. In many ways, they are at the heart of modern society.
BS, PhD, Northeastern University
Dr. Michael Jones is a Professor of Economics at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Prior to joining the faculty at the BSU in 2004, Dr. Jones was a Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of New Mexico.
Professor Jones’s teaching and research interests include undergraduate statistics, programming, econometrics, economic experiments, and microeconomics. He has introduced a new course designed to give analysts the programming skills necessary to manipulate large data sets known as “big data” and perform multivariate regressions. His research within the area of experimental economics includes individual behavior in markets, charitable giving, altruism, asymmetric information, and tax compliance.
Dr. Jones has teamed with colleagues around the country to research various subjects using lab experiments. Those colleagues have conducted laboratory sessions using web-based applications developed by Dr. Jones. He has co-authored and published book chapters and articles in refereed academic journals based on laboratory data from these experiments. Dr. Jones has partnered with colleagues at several universities on projects funded by the US Forest Service, the IRS, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the US Navy, and Flint Hills Resources in Alaska. In 2015 Dr. Jones and Dr. Tran successfully brought experimental economics to BSU by developing a mobile laboratory consisting of the necessary equipment to set up a 20 subject laboratory in less than an hour. The lab is being used for experiments on tax compliance in 2016 and a new research project on the principle-agent problem is nearly ready.
In 2007 with funding from BSU’s External Affairs Dr. Jones developed the Project for Economic Data and Research, a web-based application providing economic data and analysis on the economy of southeastern Massachusetts.
BA, MA, PhD, University of New Mexico
BA, University of Oklahoma
MS, PhD, University of Texas
BA, Academy of Economics and Commerce in Istanbul
MBA, University of Istanbul
MS, Florida International University
MA, PhD, Northern Illinois University
BA, MA, PhD, Brown University
Madhavi Venkatesan joined the Department of Economics at Bridgewater State University in January 2014. Her academic interests encompass all aspects of sustainability, inclusive of environmental and social justice as well as economic equity. Prior to re-entering academics, Madhavi held senior level positions in investor relations for three Fortune 250 companies. In this capacity she was a key point of contact for investors and stakeholders and was instrumental in the development of socially responsible investing strategies and corporate social responsibility reporting.
Madhavi started her financial services career after competing her post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. She has a PhD, M.A., and B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University; a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University; and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She has written numerous articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed publications and has been an invited speaker to both domestic and international conferences.
In 2015, she was invited to participate in BSU’s first TEDx in a presentation entitled Values, Behaviors and Economic Outcomes. She is the author of Economic Principles: A Primer, A Framework for Sustainable Practices and is under contract for two additional texts related to Sustainable Economics.
Additional information and access to selected works can be found on her Works site linked below.
MELP, Vermont Law School
MSEM, Harvard University
BA,MA, PhD, Vanderbilt University
Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis
The department offers a BS degree as well as a minor in economics. Our goal is to provide students with a comprehensive liberal arts foundation and the specialized economics knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their fields. We encourage research activities and direct engagement with real-world situations through internships and other hands-on activities.
Strong analysis and problem-solving skills combined with a substantive background in economic theory will prepare students to enter professions such as banking, finance, business, politics and real estate. More than half of all economists work in federal, state and local government.
For more information on programs see our Catalog.