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Economics Senior Spotlight - Eli Schwarz, HC '13

Born in Washington, DC, Eli Schwarz ’13 attended Sidwell Friends School until he moved to Winston-Salem, NC, after fifth grade, later graduating from R.J. Reynolds High School.  When Eli entered Haverford College, he was still unsure of what his academic focus would be. On the first day of college classes, Eli was headed to his Intro to Linguistics course when a friend suggested that he check out Intro to Economics instead.  Impulsively, Eli in fact enrolled in Prof. David Owens’ Introduction to Economics class, leading to more economics classes and ultimately a major in economics with a minor in philosophy.

Highlights of the courses he has taken include Anne Preston’s Research Seminar on Measuring Discrimination and Visiting Professor Paul Cichello’s Impact Evaluation in Developing Countries and Econometrics courses.

Eli says that the economics courses he has taken have encouraged him to think deeply and critically, not only in statistical techniques but also in reading academic articles and conducting research.  Learning to think like an economist when evaluating problems and analyzing data, Eli is particularly interested in the approach economists use to define and measure discrimination in the labor market.

For his senior thesis, Eli hopes to quantify the relationship between motivation and labor market outcomes.  Using a survey of recent Haverford athlete-graduates, as well as fitness testing data collected during their academic careers, he plans to determine whether working hard and being highly motivated athletically lead to better grade point averages and higher paying jobs after graduation.

In addition to volunteer work, Eli has participated in numerous internships over the years. The summer after his freshman year, Eli stayed on campus and coached the 76ers Basketball Camps.  The following summer he interned in Berwyn, PA, at Vizion Group, a public relations firm.  Eli worked primarily on marketing and press relations, putting most of his energy into the American Century Championship Tournament, a celebrity golf tournament that raises money for charity.  Towards the end of the summer he spent three weeks at the London School of Economics where he completed the Intermediate Microeconomics course and “had a great experience meeting new people,” both in the classroom and around the city playing basketball.

As a rising Senior, Eli stayed local and participated in multiple internships through Haverford’s Whitehead Internship Program.  Alumnus Brad Aronson hired Eli to work on his blog, performing marketing and search engine optimization duties.  Mid-way through the summer Eli transitioned over to Econsult Corp, an economic consulting firm where he worked on a number of diverse assignments, one of which involved increasing company visibility through social media platforms.  Concurrently, Eli managed a Twitter account for alumnus Joe Ballou and his NYC firm, LLESSInc, which is building an educational board game designed to teach students world history.

Eli always seems to have a lot on his plate:  in addition to academics, he plays on Haverford’s basketball team and volunteers at Startup Corps, a new youth entrepreneurship program where he works with students at Aim Academy, a charter public school, mentoring young adults about business principles.  To top it off, he is also working for Atlanta-based Point 3 Basketball, a company that sells specialized gear and apparel for basketball players, conducting research and helping Point 3 refine and implement their marketing initiatives.

Following graduation, Eli hopes to secure a job in business or consulting, possibly working for a startup company.   His interests range from marketing and public relations to business operations and management.  After working for a few years, he plans to go to law school or business school to further his education and his career.

For now, though, Eli is concentrating on finishing his undergraduate work, with lots of focus and energy going into researching the job market and scheduling interviews when he is not working or on the basketball court.

The Strawbridge Observatory at Haverford College houses 12-inch and 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes which are actively used by students in Haverford astronomy classes.

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