Undergraduate Program

Following guidance from Georgetown University and the District of Columbia, the Economics Department will be operating with certain restrictions. With the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students, faculty, and staff in place, Georgetown will ease restrictions related to density, physical distancing, and testing, while continuing to take a layered approach to protecting and monitoring the health and safety of our community.

See the individual class and seminar listings for details and this page for Georgetown University’s COVID-19 responses.

Main Contacts

  • Mr. Thomas Lewis serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator. Please contact him first with any questions, or for signing forms, related to declaring a Major or a Minor in Economics, Study Abroad, and Transfer Credits. His office hours are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30-11:30 am and 1:30-5:00 pm in ICC 580-a.
  • Professor Marius Schwartz serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies. His office hours in Spring 2023 will be on Tuesdays 3-4 pm, Wednesdays 5-6 pm, and by appointment. Unless you’ve arranged to meet in person, office hours will be via Zoom: https://georgetown.zoom.us/j/91655623068.
    If you plan to attend a regular office hour or schedule an appointment, please notify him by email at least a day in advance.
  • Follow us on Twitter @GUEconUndergrad for announcements on various topics including jobs, internships, publication opportunities and conferences.
    Note: we are phasing out our Facebook group GUUGLE 

Who’s New in the 2022 – 2023 Course Schedule

Jonathan D. Ostry: joins the faculty of Georgetown’s Economics Department in August 2022 as Professor of the Practice, following a 34-year career at the International Monetary Fund, where he served in a number of senior positions, including Deputy Director of Research and Acting Director for the Asia Pacific region. He is a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research in London and also serves on the advisory board of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report in Geneva. Ostry received his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago, and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He graduated from Queen’s University in Canada and went on to do a second undergraduate degree at Oxford University (Balliol College) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Professor Ostry’s recent academic and policy work has focused on the management of international capital flows; this work has been influential in bringing about a shift in the institutional position of the IMF on capital controls. Ostry has also published influential studies on the relationship between income  inequality and economic growth, where his work suggests that high income inequality and a failure to sustain economic growth may be two sides of the same coin. He has been involved in efforts to raise awareness of inequality issues at the global level over many years, including through his membership in the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on new growth models and inclusive growth. Professor Ostry’s work has also focused on the issue of fiscal sustainability, and in particular on the role of a country’s track record of fiscal management in determining access to international capital markets. This work is used by the main credit rating agencies for their sovereign credit rating analysis.

Professor Ostry is a highly cited economist in scholarly journals (ranked in the top 1 percent of economists worldwide over the past ten years, according to RePEc), and his writings have featured prominently in the financial press (the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Time, Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, NPR, and the BBC). Earlier in his career, Professor Ostry led the team at the IMF that produces its flagship publication, the World Economic Outlook, and was mission chief for a number of Asia-Pacific countries, including Australia and Japan. His recent books include Taming the Tide of Capital Flows (MIT Press, 2017) and Confronting Inequality (Columbia University Press, 2018).

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