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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Economics

Current Students

MA Graduate Degree

Alumni Profiles

Hailiang “Manny” Xu 

Year Graduated: 2011

Thesis: Macroeconomics after the Big Recession: Consensus or Conflict

How did you become interested in studying Economics?
I first became interested in studying economics because I believe it can help me make better personal economic decisions. But studying economics gave me far more than that. Compared to other majors, the learning process was full of fun. My favorite part was to see economists from different schools having totally different viewpoints on the same economic problem. Besides that, studying economics also gave me a bigger vision of the world we are living, the problems economists and politicians are facing, and the tools we need to solve them. I chose to pursue an MA degree in economics because I believe what I learned from economics can help the community become a better place. 

Why did you choose to get an MA degree at DU?
A lot of economic programs nowadays focuses on mathematical modeling but I don’t see that as the best approach to the study of economics. I’d like to spend more time in economic theory and economic history. I chose DU because DU is one of the few schools that put economics major under the school of social science rather than the school of business. To me, this means the economic program of DU is more about economic thoughts than math skills. Besides, DU’s heterodox approach to economics is quite well known. It can give me something unique that other programs don’t offer.

What did you enjoy most about the program at DU?
I enjoyed the thesis study session most. That’s where study becomes really interesting and creative.