The Econ Forum was started in 2007 to provide an opportunity for students and faculty to meet in a casual setting to discuss current topics of interest. Since that time, two seniors each year take on the job of coordinating that year's Econ Forums. Each Forum starts with an article to serve as the jumping off point for the discussion.
We are done with the Econ Forums for Fall Semester 2014. Please check back after classes start back up again in January to get our Spring Forum schedule.
Examples of discussion topics and articles we have used recently
The economic impact of Wal-Mart on small towns and issues associated with the company as a whole.
Wal-Mart: How big can it grow?," a special report in The Economist; and "Is Wal-Mart good for America?," an article from Frontline. View them online HERE
Issues of child poverty in the United States and the economic measures needed to mitigate them.
"The Anit-Econmomist: Problem Number One" by Jeff Madrick.
Climate Change and the Economy of the Future
Scientists Seek Strategy to Convey Seriousness of Sea-Level Rise (ClimateWire) and Sea Level Rise (Greenpeace)
Do You Procrastinate? Want to Figure Out Why?
The Problem of Procrastination and Self-Control by Dan Ariely from Predictably Irrational
Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?
Journalist Evaluates Obama, Romney Economic Plans by David Leionhardt
Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
The wealth of nations - A review of why nations fail
Is student debt the next bubble?
Is student loan debt the next financial crisis? As college student debt grows, is it worth it?