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Economics Senior Spotlight - Andrew Heumann, HC '12

Haverford College made it onto Andrew Heumann’s ’12 radar when his older brother was applying to colleges. Traveling to the east coast to look at colleges during his junior year of high school, Andrew made sure Haverford was on his list of schools to visit. After interviewing at Haverford during his junior year of high school, he liked the feel of the people and the campus and knew it was where he wanted to go to school.

In high school, Andrew thought he might major in English or Sociology since he enjoyed how both fields related to interactions between people. However, after taking Macroeconomics with Anne Preston and Microeconomics with Dave Owens freshman year, Andrew settled on a major in Economics with a Mathematical Economics concentration. Motivated by the discipline’s topical nature in the light of the 2008 recession, he found economics to be a natural fit.

Andrew spent his junior year abroad at the London School of Economics (LSE). While the academic structure at LSE (600 student lectures, year-long courses, grades based solely on end-of-year exams) differed significantly from his experience at Haverford, it also allowed for courses to delve into significant detail. One highlight was LSE’s Public Economics course, which looks at the role of government and covers a vast range of taxation schemes and social welfare programs.

Coming back to Haverford senior year, Andrew enrolled in Paul Cichello’s Introduction to Econometrics and Anne Preston’s Junior Research Seminar on Measuring Discrimination. Both of these courses challenged him, further solidified his interest in the discipline, and helped him construct a thesis topic that would engage all his skills and interests. Andrew will be estimating the impact of 9/11 on Arab-American labor market outcomes utilizing a difference-in-differences methodology. While several papers have previously sought to estimate the impact of 9/11 on immigrant Arab men, his study will estimate the impact of 9/11 on the U.S. Arab-American population as a whole and provide estimates for both men and women. Andrew will test whether factors affecting potential discrimination against Arab Americans may be different for men and women, thus leading to differences in labor market outcomes.

Andrew is currently a Co-Captain of the Club Soccer team, where he plays forward. He was also Co-Head of the Quaker Bouncers, a student-run organization that works to ensure the safety of students at parties and events.

Andrew’s career plans have been instructed by a series of jobs and internships over his time at Haverford. During his sophomore year he took an education class that included field placement in a school setting. He was a teacher’s assistant in a 7th grade algebra class in Overbrook’s Beeber Middle School, where his observations and interactions with students made a lasting impression.

During spring break that same year he was involved in an internship at Fels Institute of Government that involved community redevelopment surveying near Temple University. Andrew continued working with Fels during the summer after his junior year, where he worked closely with three graduate students as a research assistant in a consulting group.

As a rising senior, Andrew spent his summer in Concord, New Hampshire at the Department of Education, working directly with the Deputy Commissioner. His work focused on the legislative processes underlying public education finance.

Following graduation Andrew will join Teach For America. As a full time teacher he will be stationed in the Bay area working toward a credentialing certificate.

Founders Green on a warm spring day.

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