Who We AreWelcome to Oeconomica!
We are the premier undergraduate economic research organization on campus. We seek to equip undergraduate students interested in economic research with the skills necessary to succeed through hands-on projects and technical workshops. Ultimately, our goal is to get undergraduates passionate about economic research and foster curiosity.
Our cohort system provides students with the opportunity to learn about specialized topics in economics with the ultimate goal of writing an independent research paper. Each cohort is led by upperclassmen with extensive experience in the subject matter and is open to students of any background and skill-level. Cohorts are structured such that the Fall is used as an introductory lecture course with weekly readings assigned as a way to introduce students to academic literature and build the foundation to formulate research questions. Winter and Spring are reserved for cohorts to develop an independent research project and carry out the necessary data processing and analysis, culminating in a final paper that is presented at the end of the year.
In addition to cohorts we also have weekly meetings on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 pm CST. These meetings offer students the opportunity to develop technical skills through our workshop series, and to build a network of faculty and graduate students. Through faculty talks students are given the opportunity to engage with UChicago Professors in a casual environment, and to listen and ask questions about some of the groundbreaking work being done at UChicago. Additional events include graduate student panels, professional events, and workshops on how to get Research Assistant positions.
The Econometrics Game is an international competition that takes place in the Spring. The event is a 48 hour competition in which teams of up to four university students are given a general topic and data set, to use in developing a related research question. Teams then complete robust econometrics analysis and write a paper about their findings. For UChicago students there is a preliminary event that teams must compete in prior to the final round. Given the current circumstances, we are currently working to develop a virtual framework for the competition.
In addition to cohorts and general meetings, we are also offering a new mentorship initiative. This program seeks to connect upperclassmen (third and fourth-years) with underclassmen(first and second years), to guide them through the economics major and course selection process. We will try to connect people based on shared interests, and we welcome anyone to sign-up(even if you are unsure of your interests or major). Anyone who signs-up will be paired with a mentor. We hope this initiative reclaims some of the personal interactions among students and will give underclassmen exposure to various professional and academic paths in the realm of economics.
Upper Level Reading Group
For upperclassmen we offer an Upper Level Reading Group that meets weekly on Wednesday evenings to discuss economic literature. This group is geared towards students who have already taken the core economics curriculum and are familiar with academic literature. The goal of this group is to discuss the findings and connections between various papers, rather than an investigation into methodology. We strongly recommend students have completed Econometrics prior to joining.