What is economics? What do economists do? And what's the connection between economics and math? On August 12, the New York Fed will hold Math x Economics, a program to encourage high school students from backgrounds underrepresented in the field of economics to think about these questions and consider studying economics in college and pursuing careers in economic policy and research.
Math x Economics started as a pilot program at the New York Fed in 2010 with 25 participants and has reached more students in the Second District each year, as well as expanded to other regional Federal Reserve Banks. This year, the New York Fed will host students from Yonkers public schools and from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Summer Startup Camp.
Throughout the day, high school students will learn how their math skills can be applied to economics by taking part in interactive workshops and panel discussions with New York Fed staff. They will learn about what economists do and what it takes to become one.