• <a href="/live/image/gid/67/width/650/95915_econ_dept.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image95915"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/67/width/720/height/690/crop/1/95915_econ_dept.rev.1663882763.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/67/width/720/height/690/crop/1/95915_econ_dept.rev.1663882763.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/67/width/720/height/690/crop/1/95915_econ_dept.rev.1663882763.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/67/width/720/height/690/crop/1/95915_econ_dept.rev.1663882763.jpg" alt="Professor Aine McCarthy teaches the Grossman Model of health investments in ECON 312 Global Healt..." width="720" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/67/width/720/height/690/crop/1/95915_econ_dept.rev.1663882763.jpg 2x" data-max-w="2400" data-max-h="1818" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Professor Aine McCarthy teaches the Grossman Model of health investments in ECON 312 Global Health Economics.</div>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/67/width/650/86484_Econ_main_image.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86484"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/67/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86484_Econ_main_image.rev.1607646589.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/67/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86484_Econ_main_image.rev.1607646589.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/67/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86484_Econ_main_image.rev.1607646589.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/67/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86484_Econ_main_image.rev.1607646589.jpg" alt="Econ students participating in a Federal Open Market Committee meeting simulation." width="720" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/67/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86484_Econ_main_image.rev.1607646589.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1634" data-max-h="1566" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Econ students  participating in a Federal Open Market Committee meeting simulation.</div>

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