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Department of Economics
University of Mississippi

Jordan Pedron

Jordan PedronVice President, Personal Capital 

Hometown: Collierville, TN
BBA in Economics (2009)


When and why did you choose to study economics?
With the guidance of my father, I chose economics initially as an excellent major for a general understanding of the business world dynamics.  I went in thinking I could always change my major if I decided I had another interest.  However, to my surprise, I found I genuinely enjoyed the study of economics. 

Significant experience while at UM?
My most positive experience — and one in which solidified me going deep down the economics path — was with Dr. Shughart.  He made the understanding and application of economics not only relevant, but with a great understanding and background in the “real-world” and government.  My interactions with him and discussions were very impactful, and very helpful as I began to contemplate a path after college. 

What has been your educational and career path since graduation from UM?
Upon graduating from Ole Miss, I attended the University of Memphis where I obtained my MA in Economics from the Fogelman College of Business & Economics. Upon graduation from grad school, I considered a few routes, including with a boutique consulting firm in Washington, D.C.  However, I ended up accepting a position with Merrill Lynch on the Global Corporate & Institutional Advisory Group in Atlanta, GA, where I became a financial adviser within that space.  I am now a V.P. at a FinTech company, Personal Capital.   

What is the value of studying economics?
In my opinion, understanding economics — especially macroeconomics — has never been more relevant in today’s world.  If a student has an interest in business outside of a mid-manager or specialist role, understanding macroeconomics and its dynamics is essential.  If one wants to go into law and/or government, economics is vital.  We are strongly lacking a sound understanding of this today, in my opinion.  From a practical standpoint, I found that a strong understanding of economics on an undergraduate level really translates well to various fields in graduate school acceptance considerations, as well as employers.  If one wanted to consider economics for an undergraduate degree, I would highly recommend they do not simply pass classes, but genuinely study to understand and retain.  It does have great value in the real world.