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Matthew Sherwood  

Year Graduated: 2011

Thesis: Economic Liberalization in Cambodia and its Effects on HIV/AIDS Infection Rates

Current Employer/University: Self-employed copywriter

How did you become interested in studying Economics?
I chose it as an undergraduate major almost by default (at the time I had to intend to study business, but economics was offered). Later, I became interested in health, incoming inequality, and how economics affects policy decisions.

Why did you choose to get an MA degree at DU?
It was close to home, and I liked that DU had a program that was more broad (in terms of philosophical viewpoints) than others I’d seen.

What knowledge and skills that you picked up in our MA program have proven most valuable to your job?
If I’m to be honest, I don’t use most of what I learned at DU in my day-to-day work. I occasionally write about financial topics, but had several investments license earlier in my career to draw on that. However, that’s not to say that I won’t over pursue another career direction. And, new clients like to hear that I’ve got a Master’s degree.

What did you enjoy most about the program at DU?
I feel like the economics department has a very committed faculty, and draws students who are interested in exploring ideas and not just earnings degrees.

What unique aspect of our program do you most appreciate now?
There aren’t many heterodox economics programs around, and I’m grateful to have gotten the chance to study in one.

What was your favorite Class at DU? 
I had two that were my favorites: Understanding Markets with Dr. Mott and International Monetary Relations with Dr. Grabel.

What advice would you give to someone considering getting an MA in Economics from DU?
To get started, and to pick an area of concentration that they feel passionate about.