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Oeconomica is the undergraduate research society at the University of Chicago. We apply the tools of economic theory and statistical analysis to research projects on topics of interest to University of Chicago undergraduate students. In addition to conducting original research, we organize events on campus with professors, debate and discuss the latest topics in economics and the social sciences, and host the Econometrics game in the spring.

Sylvia Klosin


Naoko Takeda

Vice President

Cameron Taylor

Research Director

Mary Vansuch


Johnny Ma

Research Director

Adam Sudit

Events Director

Yigit Akemir

Econometrics Game Director

Nicole Gorton

Publicity Director

Mike Dzitko


Upcoming Events

October 2: Activities Fair, Hutchinson Commons, 3pm-5pm

Faculty Dinners

Every year we hold speaker dinners where we invite a distinguished economist to speak with club members on his or her background or area of interest. We’ve had great dinners in the past, with guests such as Robert Lucas and John List. The club provides a catered dinner and an opportunity for current students to learn more about the economist’s work and life as an economist, and for students to ask questions in a more casual setting. For the 2015/2016 Academic Year we are excited to be hosting the following guests:

The Econometrics Game

The Econometrics Game is designed to be an opportunity for undergraduate students to apply what they had learned from their economics and econometrics classes to real world problems. Students are given a research question and a dataset and are given 10 hours to write a research paper. Five teams participated in this challenge last year on May 9th, 2015. A first panel of judges read the research papers and selected the best two papers. On May 15th, 2015 the top two teams then presented their findings to the final panel of judges, composed of Lars Hansen, James Heckman, and Stephane Bonhomme. After listening to and questioning the participants, the judges selected the winning team, composed of Neil Cho, Yuan Fei, Jessica Koh, Enoch Chan. The event was possible due to generous funding by the Becker Friedman Institute and and University of Chicago Economics Department. Learn more about last years event here (https://bfi.uchicago.edu/news/challenge-undergraduates-address-real-world-problems-econometrics). We are excited to host the 2015/2016 Econometrics Game this year. Sign up for this year’s game will become available at the BFI website. Please let Sylvia Klosin know if you have any questions.

Junior Economics Club

(http://www.junioreconomicclub.org) Junior Economic Club is a non-for-profit organization looks to facilitate meaningful discussion between determined high school students regarding private and public economic issues in order to develop a generation of effective and responsible leaders.



One of Oeconomica’s main goals is to get undergraduates involved in economic research. To do this, Oeconomica maintains a year-round research program that emphasizes reading and synthesizing important and advanced economic research articles from major journals, acquiring skills necessary for empirical analysis, and also undertaking research projects related to themes that students themselves are passionate about. Oeconomica’s new approach to research is through cohorts. Cohorts are led by two seasoned economics students and are theme driven. The planned tasks for cohorts is to read and produce a literature review for their theme in the fall, learn research method skills in the winter, and undertake a more involved research project in the Spring.

Get Involved

We would love for any interested students to join our club! Please get involved by coming to our events and participating in our research cohorts. Joining our listhost (click here) is a great way to say up to date on Oeconomica events.