Allison Berger

Economics, Class of 2018

I’m a member of the Class of 2018 from Madison, New Jersey, majoring in Economics and pursuing a certificate in Political Economy. I am a member of the Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows.

Activities on campus:

American Whig-Cliosophic Society, The Daily Princetonian Editorial Board, Princeton Tory, Princeton Debate Panel, Peer Academic Adviser, Dormitory Assistant, Tigers for Israel, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions

 Involvement with the Council of the Humanities:

I took the HUM sequence in my freshman year, and participated in the fall 2015 HUM trip to Greece. Dr. Katheen Crown, Executive Director of the Humanities Council, and Jonny Thakkar, who had been a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows, led the trip. My individual project investigated the styles of the religious objects of early Greek Jews. Touring Greece with my fellow HUM students was incredible, and the trip remains one of my favorite experiences at Princeton!

Independent work:

My junior independent work is an empirical study of the effects of so-called ‘Ban the Box’ laws, which prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history as an initial screening measure on applications. Proponents of the policy argue it will help recently released individuals find employments, while opponents counter that the policy will hurt minority employment outcomes by leading to statistical discrimination.

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