Our Alumni

Priyanka Agarwal

Entrepreneur

"The real world situations discussed in the Economics courses as well as the subsidiary courses have subconsciously molded my approach while tackling a situation."

Tannya Cai

Tiba Health — Durham, North Carolina

"Economics strengthened my understanding of business and finance..."

Amin Makhani

Self-Employed Consultant

"I got my first job at a small start-up called Yext because the founder was a Duke Alum."

 

Alex Konik

Law Clerk, Federal Judiciary

"Think about what classes within the major interest you the most, and how you want to use your degree."

Grace Chang

Goldman Sachs — New York, New York

"Duke has helped shaped my professional success by making me a well-rounded person with both the quantitative and social skills to complete my job."

Erin Fletcher

Principal Consultant and CEO, Altitude Worldwide Research — Denver, Colorado

"The skills you learn in econ are widely applicable--to areas that most of us probably haven't even thought of yet--and they can be a tremendous asset as you look to build a fulfilling career in a number of fields."

Karen King

CEO, Fronterra Global Advisory — Stamford, Connecticut

"The field of Economics is a great foundation for any career, but has been especially helpful in pursing a career in business and eventually starting my own consulting company."

Bao Tran-Phu

Boston Consulting Group — Atlanta, Georgia

"Duke's courses on microeconomics made business concepts intuitive for me, and its research-focused approach ensured my comfort with the heavy data and analytics required in consulting."

New Mountain Capital — New York, New York

"Helped me build my foundation in both economics and finance, which were integral in my success right out of school."

Ben Keusch

Oliver Wyman — New York, New York

"My degree in Economics provides credibility that I have a strong quantitative and problem solving skills."

CEO/Founder, Farrow Lane Inc. — New York, NY

"(My Econ major) Helps me think about the world in a structured way."

Three Span Oil & Gas, Inc. — Midland, Texas

"Definitely take the finance concentration."

McKinsey & Company — Chicago, Illinois

"Duke was critical in teaching me how to think, how to structure thoughts and arguments and how to communicate with others."

Daniel Shvartsman

Director Content Strategy, Seeking Alpha

"While I think it's relevant to have econometrics and some fluency in statistical analysis, I think the theoretical aspects are more important."

Resident Physician, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School — Newark, NJ

"I took a less traditional route with economics and entered medical school."

Portfolio Manager, HBK Capital Management — New York, NY

"The most important thing you learn in college is how to question information and learn independently."

John Alexander

Sales Director, Nasdaq

"Get to know your college professors, get involved with extra-curricular activities."

PricewaterhouseCoopers — Charlotte, North Carolina

"My undergraduate degree shows that I am versatile and intelligent."

President, Kibo — Nashville, TN

"My econ degree from Duke was the foundation for my business career."

Ranzenhofer

Associate, Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP — New York, NY

"My Economics background helps me understand how my clients' legal problems impact their business."

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