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Economics Tutors (click title for current list)

General Interest Links in Economics

American Economic Association.  Most broadly based of the economics professional associations and publisher of the American Economic Review.

American Economic Association's student pages.  Pages specifically for undergraduate students from the most broadly based of the economics professional associations.

Association of Private Enterprise Education.  Professional association whose mission is "to put into action accurate and objective understandings of private enterprise."

Dismal Scientist.  Good statistics and commentary on current economic issues.

International Association for Feminist Economics.  This non-profit organization advancing feminist inquiry of economic issues has lots of good links and resources on its website.

Money.msn.com.  Microsoft's take on personal finance.

Quicken.com.  A non-Microsoft take on personal finance.

Occupational Outlook - Economists - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

JMU's Center for Economic Education - Promotes economic literacy in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, as well as provides training and assistance to area teachers and selected adult audiences to further the understanding of economics and the private enterprise system.  Economics Professor William C. Wood is Center Director.

2014 GEM Fair

The 2014 GEM Fair (Global Entrepreneurship Marketplace Fair) brought two hundred students  from area schools to JMU's Festival Conference Center on March 12, 2014. The students conducted a simulated international marketplace, using products they had developed in classroom mini-economies. The GEM Fair is sponsored by Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc. and is organized by the JMU Center for Economic Education.

More than 350 students from schools across the Shenandoah Valley attended the 15th annual GEM Fair, an entrepreneurship fair sponsored by the JMU Center for Economic Education and Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc.  GEM is an acronym for "Global Entrepreneurship Marketplace," reflecting the international simulation conducted each year at the GEM Fair.

Participating students have worked with teachers to create in-class, mini-economies, each with its own currency.  For the GEM Fair, students convert their money into holdings of the Fair's official currency, the Gem.  Awards are given for innovative products, outstanding marketing, and money design.  Young Entrepreneurs of the Year are also selected.

Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc. (SVEE) is a non-profit organization that promotes economic literacy in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  JMU Economic Education is a sponsored program of SVEE.
 
ECON Institute 2012

The JMU Center for Economic Education hosted area high school teachers for an Economics Institute in July 2012. Pictured are the teachers, along with instructors William C. Wood and Lynne Stover from the Center.  The teachers are preparing for a new required class in economics and personal finance that all Virginia high school graduates must complete, starting with the class of 2015.  Find out more at http://www.jmu.edu/cob/CoB2/CoB_News.shtml#cee

GEM Fair 2011

More than 400 elementary and middle school students convened at the JMU Convocation Center on May 27, 2011 for the annual Global Entrepreneurship Marketplace (GEM) Fair, which is sponsored by the JMU Center for Economic Education and Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc.  The students made products in classroom societies and brought the products to JMU for the Fair, a simulation of international trade.

Research Resources

JMU Specific:

NBER Working Paper Series.  You can open this database file in Microsoft Access to get an index to working papers from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The papers are available to JMU faculty and staff. Student researchers who would like access should contact the Department Head, Dr. Ehsan Ahmed.

Carrier Library.  Link to the Carrier Library online catalog and many offsite resources.

Econ-Lit database.  Click through this site to open Econ-Lit from any on-campus computer.

More Research Resources:

Economic Report of the President (Statistical Tables). The tables issued with the annual Economic Report of the President provide lots of good data.

Economics Resources on the Internet.  An excellent source document, frequently updated, about what's out there.

Econ Data Net.  A useful site for local and regional data on various sectors of the economy.

Government Economic Data.  You paid for it - why not go look at it?  This Census Bureau site is a good place to start.

Statistical Abstract.  This is an excellent source of state-by-state data, with lots of national data as well.

Off-Campus Career Pages

Here are some pages outside JMU that have good information on careers:

Career information from the American Economic Association: good information from the broadest based professional association in economics.

Careers with the Economics degree: page from college publisher Cengage Learning.

National Economic Research Associates (NERA): economic consulting firm that has hired a number of JMU graduates.

PriceWaterhouseCooper: consulting firm that has hired a number of JMU graduates.

Accenture: consulting firm that has hired a number of JMU graduates.

Career and Major Planning - What to do and when to do it

Before Junior Year:

  • Take basic courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics to determine your level of interest and possible areas for further study.

Junior Year:

Beginning of Senior Year:

  • Prepare a resume and plan a job search in consultation with JMU Career Services and economics faculty.

Fall Semester, Senior Year:

  • Check interview schedules on a regular basis and sign up for appropriate interviews.
  • Send your resume off-campus to selected employers, particularly those who have hired JMU students previously.
  • Take graduate admissions tests (GRE or GMAT, for example) if you are considering graduate school.

Spring Semester, Senior Year:

  • Continue to check interview schedules.
  • Update your resume.
  • Follow-up on interviews.
  • Notify the economics department when you accept a job offer so we can help you celebrate!