Junior Independent Work
Junior Independent Work (JIW) gives students the opportunity to explore their individual research interests in depth and trains them in the craft of conducting academic research in economics.
In their JIW meetings, which take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:20 pm in the Fall semester, students will attend lectures and workshops designed to introduce them to the principles of economics writing, as well as data collection, management, and econometric analysis.
Enrolled students will be grouped by research interest into advising groups led by a faculty advisor. Faculty advisors will meet with students both individually and in groups throughout the year to discuss research topics and provide students with feedback on the progress of their projects.
Junior Independent Work Coordinator
Professor Kelly Noonan
Resources for juniors
Each fall, the Economics Department awards a first, second, and third place Junior Prize to three rising seniors. Prizes are awarded based on GPA average through the end of junior year and the student’s JIW grade. Read about recent Junior Prize winners here.
Junior Independent Work Forum
Each fall, the department co-organizes, alongside the Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies, a Junior Independent Work (JIW) Forum where students are selected to present public policy-relevant Junior Papers.