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IPED in South Africa

By: Moses Cam

Last August, 8 IPEDers went on a trip of a lifetime to South Africa to participate in the Emerging Markets: South Africa program alongside South African students and professionals. The study tour program runs through the partnership of Fordham University and the University of Pretoria. It aims to deepen students’ knowledge of emerging markets while studying within the South African emerging market, with the academic coursework and research culminating into the creation of an Equity Investment Prospect Report. The course is required for the advanced certificate in Emerging Markets and Country Risk Analysis.

For three weeks, students had the opportunity to learn about emerging markets in the classroom while also see the theories in practice through various site visits that exposed them to the different sectors in the South African economy, with a focus on the banking and finance industry. Informational trips included visits to the Public Investment Corporation, South African Reserve Bank, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), Standard Bank, the American Chamber of Commerce, the Brazilian Embassy, and other venues.

Aside from the academic load, participants of the course were also sent on cultural excursions to expose them on the rich history and traditions of the Rainbow Nation.

While students spent most of their time in Pretoria and Johannesburg, IPEDers had the opportunity to
check out Cape Town and experience everything that the coastal city and wine capital of South Africa
had to offer: an immersive experience in Robben Island, a memorable hike up the majestic Table
Mountain and gorgeous views courtesy of the Cape of Good Hope.

The South African experience was capped off with a trip to Kruger National Park where students went on a safari to see the famous Big 5 of the South African grasslands.

The Emerging Markets: South Africa Study tour is an incredible opportunity for students to study an
emerging market economy while immersed in that emerging market economy. Scholarships are
available through Fordham’s St. Campion Institute.

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IPED/Economics 5K

By: Sarah Garwood ’19

Congratulations to all the 5k participants!

This weekend, we hosted our first ever IPED/Economics 5K run! Students, faculty and members of the community participated. IPED student, James Duke, came in first place followed by Alumni Dissertation Fellow Katie Jajtner.



After the race, runners, race marshals, and spectators joined together for a brunch and raffle. Prizes were donated by local restaurants and businesses in the area including: Marie’s Roasted Coffee Beans and Gifts, Cerini Coffee and Gifts, Randazzo’s Seafood, Zero OHO Nove, San Gennaro Restaurant, Robert’ Restaurant, and Enzo’s of Arthur Ave. One lucky winner also received an IPED Loot Bag featuring the new IPED wine glass and coveted IPED coffee mug. Congratulations to our winners across both the Departments of Economics and IPED: Greg Fischer, Amr Yawer, Anjali Chandra, Sarah Garwood, Tess Hart, and Moses Cam! Together, we raised $381 for Hurricane Harvey relief.

Our gold and silver medalists!

Brunch in the IPED Commons

Sunny and Chris drawing names for the raffle

James Duke claiming his prize

A huge thank you to Ms. Donna Orda, Tess Hart ’18, and Ms. Katie Jajtner for the time and energy they put into making this event a success!

IPED and Economics graduate students celebrating together

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Beyond Economic Man*: Fordham IPED’s Feminomics Club


In spring 2016, Fordham University welcomed a new club from the midst of the IPED department: the Feminomics Club, short for Feminist Economics. As prospective economists, IPED students understood the need to create a space where a more critical and pluralistic perspective on the discipline could be discussed and considered. In many ways, economics is not only a man’s world, but also a world mathematized for its own sake, neglecting the inclusion of more qualitative dimensions.

Feminist economics as we know it today emerged in the early 1970s as a response to predominant theories of the household and the labor market that neglected women’s and children’s experiences, struggles, and power relations within the household. This view was later married with the aforementioned critique of mathematization and narrowness in the discipline.

Accordingly, the Feminomics Club aims for a critical reading of economic theory that reflects and discusses the theory, methodology, practices, and policy implications of the discipline from a more holistic and inclusive lens. In doing so, we host guest speakers on the topic, turn to literature and paper journals (such as the International Association for Feminist Economics, IAFFE) as well as look for cues in pop culture through contemporary film and media. We address the mathematization of the discipline, the dominance of certain economic thought, and female experiences in economics departments.

But the club doesn’t just consumer information. From time to time, our members present their own interest and previous research on the topic: while one talked about his ideas on the role of men in empowering women and how they can challenge perceptions of power in society, another shared her research on the relationship between gender equality and growth; yet another member presented resources on outlets that amplify female voices in foreign policy debates.

Just last week, the Feminomics Club hosted its opening guest speaker for this fall semester, Dr. Mary Combs, a feminist economist, advocate of a more holistic understanding of economics, and a professor at Fordham University. Among other things, Dr. Combs talked about the beginning of economic thought and argued how one of the great thinkers of the discipline, Adam Smith, advocated for a holistic understanding joining observation and deduction. She presented her own research on women’s property rights in 19th century England, and discussed her own trajectory as a female economist.

The Feminomics Club welcomes everyone to join its bi-monthly meetings featuring a different topic with different culinary delights. Please write to fordham.feminomics@gmail.com to be put on the mailing list and receive resources, meeting dates, and more.

Schima Labitsch is a second-year student in Fordham’s Graduate Program in International Political Economy & Development.

*In reference to Marianne Ferber and Julie Nelson’s seminal book “Beyond Economic Man: Feminist Theory and Economics” (1993).

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Buckle Up: Dr. Michael Buckley is Off to Retirement

Dr. Michael BuckleyAfter teaching as an adjunct for Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business for two years, Dr. Michael Buckley joined the faculty of Fordham University in 2003. He’s a Senior Lecturer in Economics, and teaches courses such as Financial Analysis and Global Financial Markets, which are taken by many IPED students. Before joining Fordham, Dr. Buckley worked in the private sector for twenty-five years, gaining expertise in foreign exchange, internal risk, and emerging market lending.

In a recent conversation with Ms. Donna Odra (IPED ’12), Dr. Buckley discussed his time at Fordham. He described teaching with IPED as one of the many high points of his career at Fordham. In terms of what kept him here, he mentioned that the work never ceased to be interesting, as there’s always a fresh crop of students, and he could come up with new courses, or improve the one’s he already teaches. Although he will of course miss his colleagues and his students (not least of which IPED students) as he enters retirement, Dr. Buckley is very much looking forward to spending more time with his twenty-month-old grandson in Brooklyn, birding with his wife, traveling, and reading. He certainly won’t miss giving make-up exams and grading!

Join us in thanking Dr. Buckley for his significant contributions to Fordham University and in particular the IPED program. We will be celebrating Dr. Buckley on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30pm in the Economics Conference Room, Dealy Hall.

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