Jodi Beggs is an economist and writer whose focus is on making economics accessible and interesting to a general audience. She aims to bring economics out of the traditional classroom and utilize technology in order to provide a more compelling learning experience.
Jodi has taught economics at both the undergraduate and graduate level at various universities in the Boston area. During the 2004-2005 academic year, Jodi was a awarded a Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for her work as an instructor for Principles of Economics. Since then, she has taught introductory courses, advised a group of honors thesis writers, and even led an undergraduate tutorial entitled "Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll."
In addition to teaching, Jodi is a subject matter editor for an online learning company and writes about economics on her web site "Economists Do It With Models" and for various other publications.
Jodi has an A.M. in Economics from Harvard University and is a Ph.D. candidate in Business Economics. In a previous life, she studied Computer Science and Mathematics at MIT, specializing in operations research. Jodi was a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and wrote a graduate thesis entitled "Queueing Implications of New Security Procedures in Containerized Shipping."
My overall goal is to present economics both in the media and in the classroom in a way that is informative, practical and, (as much as it can be) fun. It is my view that understanding basic economics is crucial to running an effective household, being a smart voter, and generally not sucking at life. Also, I really like studying economics as opposed to engineering because it makes it easier to talk to my mom about what I do.
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