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Brandeis IBS starts first NABE chapter in Massachusetts

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by Nancy Nguyen '13
April 20, 2012

The economy may be slumping, but the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) chapter at Brandeis is starting with a boom.

This past month, 15 members of Brandeis International Business School’s new NABE chapter attended the association’s annual Economic Policy Conference in Arlington, Va. This year's conference, themed From Crisis Management to Long-Term Renewal, explored government response to the financial crisis and how current policies have affected the economic recovery. Boasting more than 600 attendees, the conference featured distinguished guest speakers including Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers Alan Krueger, Virginia Senator Mark Warner, and FedEx President, Chairman, and CEO Frederick W. Smith.

NABE is the largest international association of economists, strategists, academics and policy-makers committed to the application of economics. Its mission is to provide leadership in the use and understanding of economics through conferences, exclusive publications, and educational and career development. 

The conference provided students a chance not only to learn from notable speakers but also to  network with professionals who provided professional guidance and who related class material with “real life” economics. As Rafaella Cuff MA ’12 said, “It was a great way to link economics professionals of today to the economics professionals of the future.”

Just two months old, Brandeis IBS' NABE chapter is the only one in Massachusetts. NABE President Gene Huang, vice president and chief economist at FedEx Corporation, personally introduced the chapter to the community in a luncheon that also featured Senator Warner. Professor and chapter adviser Catherine Mann also introduced the students to a number of renowned economists throughout the three-day event.

Naiya Khushalani MAief’12 praised the NABE chapter for easing the transition from classroom to marketplace learning. “I would encourage anyone, not only economics majors, to join this club and get involved because there is so much to learn and so much to apply," Khushalani said.

On Friday, April 27 at 12:30 p.m., NABE is organizing a speaker panel focused on economics careers in finance and industry. Taking place in Lee Hall, the event will feature a director of research at Fidelity Investments and senior economists from IHS Global Insight and RISI.