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The Graduate Program in Economic Development (GPED) is a tight-knit and supportive community, which provides students with the tools they need to better understand the process of economic decision-making and data analytics. The program leads to the M.A. degree in economics (STEM designated) and is designed to meet the needs of participants who come from a diversity of backgrounds all over the world.  The GPED provides training that is appropriate for a variety of career paths, including careers in government, international organizations, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. The program also prepares students for further graduate study in Economics and other fields.      

November 2019 Student Spotlight

Christian Suarez is a second-year student from Miami, Florida, who served as his cohort’s class representative for the 2018-2019 academic year. Before joining the GPED, Christian studied at the University of Florida, where he double-majored in Economics and Sport Management. While at UF, he served as a Senior Video Assistant for the football team, and he continued this tradition at Vanderbilt working as Football Video Assistant. In addition, Christian has been active with the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures as part of the Vanderbilt Hult Prize Competition Committee, he worked last year as a Graduate Research Assistant at Vanderbilt Peabody College, and he serves as the Strategic Planning Co-Chair for Vandy Votes (a student organization dedicated to increasing voter engagement). Over the summer, Christian was an economic affairs intern with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva, Switzerland. During Christian’s free time, he enjoys exploring Nashville with his cohort friends from all over the world and watching football and soccer. Congratulations, Christian!


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Spring 2019 Newsletter