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Syracuse Alumnus Hits Bull’s-Eye with International Research

International Relations and Economics major has capstone project published in Cornell Economics Society academic research journal

Jan 28, 2015 | Article by: Amy Manley


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Ethan Poskanzer '14

When Ethan Poskanzer ’14 took his first steps across the quad at Syracuse University, he wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to study. But like the dart games he took up between study sessions, he was soon able to hit the bull’s-eye.

Now an analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York City, Poskanzer graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs with a dual degree in Economics and International Relations. He further focused those studies with a concentration in Middle Eastern and North African political economies. 

He says the exposure to a diverse blend of curriculum and masteries in the College and at Maxwell gave him the freedom to really explore directions he had never before considered.

He also credits Mary Lovely, who holds multiple titles at Syracuse, including professor of economics and chair of international relations, for helping him find his true academic path.

“I had never envisioned doing my own research prior to working as Professor Lovely’s research assistant. She encouraged me to take ownership of my studies, which changed the way I viewed academics,” says Poskanzer.  “That experience absolutely shaped my future graduate degree plans.”



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The Visible Hand December 2014, Volume XXIII, Number I

And that research work is now gaining a wider audience. This past fall, his capstone project was published in the Cornell Economics Society academic research journal, The Visible Hand. His paper, “The Birth of the Silicon Wadi: The Effect of Post-Soviet Migration on Israeli Output Mix (Fall 2014)” explores the economic shifts in Israel during a time of relaxed emigration laws from the USSR.

“Up until its fall in the early 90s, the USSR maintained strict emigration restrictions. When these were lifted, a large amount of educated, skilled Jews moved to Israel in a short period of time,” explains Poskanzer. “I tracked the effect of this migration on Israeli production patterns from the early 1990s to today.”

Lovely says it’s no surprise that Poskanzer is continuing to find success after graduation, and that watching his transformation from student to professional has been a rewarding experience.  

“Ethan used all the resources at hand to hone his research,” beams Lovely, who has been with the university since 1988.  “Our staff witnessed so much growth in Ethan over his senior year, both personal and academic. His first day on the job at Goldman Sachs, he emailed us a picture of himself wearing a suit and tie – quite a transformation from jeans and a backpack.”

While at Syracuse, the economics student was also a member of the Case Study Club, an organization that allows students to build their analytical business skills by examining real life challenges of local companies and industry; talents that serve him today as he works with the emerging markets and U.S. treasuries trading desks through Goldman Sachs. 

His advice to students is simple; get involved, and get involved early.

“Syracuse University offers students a ton of opportunities. You can study whatever you want, or join whatever clubs you want. I encourage students to take advantage of as many as possible “

And maybe an occasional game of darts.

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Contact Information

Amy Manley
amman100@syr.edu
315-443-9463