Benjamin Tsoi ‘15
August 27, 2015
"After taking a few core economic courses at Hopkins, I realized the analytical frameworks that applied equally to global markets and individual decision-making resonated with me in a way other disciplines did not.”
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Benjamin Tsoi wanted to attend college outside of the City. “Johns Hopkins was very appealing because it is a reputable, medium-sized school that has an emphasis on providing students with engaging elective courses and research opportunities. “
Benjamin graduate with majors in Economics and East Asian Studies and a minor in Financial Economics. What attracted Ben to economics as a discipline? “My father is an entrepreneur and I have always wanted to learn more about the underlying economic mechanisms of business. After taking a few core economic courses at Hopkins, I realized the analytical frameworks that applied equally to global markets and individual decision-making resonated with me in a way other disciplines did not.”
Two of Ben’s more memorable economics classes were Economics of Discrimination and Social Policy Implications of Behavioral Economics. “These elective courses applied economic theories to analyze fascinating economic phenomena. In Economics of Discrimination, the in-depth analysis of labor market behavior was particularly enlightening and relevant to me as I enter the labor market.
In Professor Papageorge’s Behavioral Economics course, I learned how to integrate complex human behavior into models that predict daily decision-making, an approach that can be used to enact effective social policies.”
Outside of class, Ben was President of the Business in China Association (BCA), Co-President of Social Investment Outreach (SIO) and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Epidemic Proportions (EP), the undergraduate public health research journal. In addition to his busy extra-curricular schedule, Ben took every opportunity to gain research and internship experience. “During my freshman summer, I interned at a securities firm in Guangzhou, China and also at a digital media company in New York City. The next summer, I joined the Sales & Analytics sophomore program hosted by Bloomberg L.P. in New York City. I spent my junior year summer interning at Deloitte Consulting LLP as a Business Technology Analyst in Washington, D.C. On campus, I conducted economics research under the guidance of Prof. Steve H. Hanke from the Institute for Applied Economics, and published two working papers published based on my empirical research.”
After graduation, Ben will be joining Deloitte Consulting LLP as a Business Technology Analyst in Washington, D.C. “I had a very rewarding experience with Deloitte during my junior year summer internship, and I believe the firm will provide me with outstanding opportunities to grow as a young professional. “ Ultimately Ben hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps and purse his own business venture. Ben, we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!