Lillian Barany grew up in Manhattan. She chose to study at Johns Hopkins because of the interdisciplinary nature of the majors: “I liked that there weren’t a lot of “core” courses, which meant that I would be taking classes that I actually wanted to be taking, and not wasting my time fulfilling requirements.”
Lily started out as an International Studies major, knowing that she wanted to add a second major. Ultimately, she chose economics because she felt it would encourage her to develop quantitative as well as qualitative skills. “I ended up being very happy with my choice!”
Lillian took both Economics of Discrimination and Econometrics in the same semester. “I took a class that examined outcomes in the labor market on the basis of gender, race and ethnicity at the same time that I took a class that taught statistical methods and analysis in economics. In Economics of Discrimination, every week we would read a different academic article about labor market outcomes or wage gaps. My econometrics course complemented these articles; it helped me understand the methods by which an author came to a conclusion from a given set of data.”
For two summers, Lily interned at a law firm specializing in antitrust cases. This experience helped prepare her for the course “Economics of Antitrust,” which she took fall of her senior year. “After my internship I knew I was interested antitrust, which prompted me to enroll in the class. And my practical experience from the internship enriched my academic experience in the course.”
Lily plans on going to law school and pursuing a career in public interest law. This choice was partially motivated by some of the material from her economics courses: “for example, after taking “Economics of Discrimination,” I might want to help plaintiffs file class action law suits about unfair wage practices, or other types of discrimination in the workplace.”
“I would encourage potential economics majors to not only take classes focusing on finance and business, but also to take classes that have discrimination, poverty and inequality as their focus. On an academic level, learning about these concepts is intellectually invigorating; furthermore, it is imperative for college students to learn about these issues!”
Keep in touch as you pursue your career path, Lily!