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Economics Senior Spotlight - Jack McNeilly, HC '13

Jack (more formally John) McNeilly ’13 placed a high priority on Cross Country and Winter track teams in his college selection process. Because of its reputation for strong academics and its well-known success in track, Haverford College stood out. Also, Haverford’s close proximity to Philadelphia, a city he really enjoys, solidified his choice to apply early decision.


In addition to taking and enjoying AP Macroeconomics in high school in Washingtonville, NY, Jack had a few high school teachers with degrees in economics. The peppering of economics in their teachings strongly appealed to Jack. As he entered college he was already considering majoring in economics and Prof. Bish Banerjee’s real world application of economics in his Economics of Transition and Euro Adoption in Central and Eastern Europe course cemented Jack’s course of study. He is also completing a Minor in Spanish.


Jack’s senior thesis explores the undergraduate university system in Mexico with regards to the returns that graduates earn in the labor market following their graduation.  There is a sharp divide in how people view public universities versus private universities (of which the majority are for-profit).  He plans to evaluate if there is any potential structural difference between returns to studying within one university system or another, and if such a difference is found, he proposes to test a number of hypotheses which could possibly explain these differences.


Jack has had some interesting work experiences. The summer after his Freshman year he stayed on campus and worked in the facilities department on the grounds.


As a rising Junior he was awarded a Whitehead Internship that offered him the opportunity to work in Wayne, PA for De Lage Landen Financial Services. The Netherland based leasing company specializes in asset based financing programs. Jack was commissioned to industry research, prospective client interviewing, and credit analysis. He worked in the Construction, Transportation, and Industrial business unit helping to come up with a lending plan for vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).  He enjoyed the credit analysis work, and the experience proved to be a good introduction to corporate finance.


The following summer he worked for The Research Board, a business strategy think tank housed in Manhattan, NY. Commuting to work from Columbia University’s campus, he performed internet technology research and consultation. More specifically, he worked on a research team that was helping Fortune 250 companies secure mobile computing and collaboration among employees.  He synthesized existing literature on management, the current limitations of mobile hardware and software, and behavioral psychology in order to come up with actionable research pieces for the member companies.


He is currently interviewing for jobs in the venture capital industry, with hopes of eventually working internationally, with a focus on Latin America.


After a few years of work experience he plans on going back to school to earn a graduate degree.

Prof. Anita Isaacs (Political Science) and students cross Founders Green after class.

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