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've scheduled our second Econ Forum for Monday, March 9th on the HSU Campus in Nelson Hall East 106 from 11:30-1:00. This time around we will be discussing the falling oil prices and whether this is good or bad. The articles and talking points are available here. It should be an interesting discussion and everyone is welcome to come! Hope to see you there.
Examples of discussion topics and articles we have used recently
The Grexit: The battle over the Euro--Greece vs Europe. Articles included "IU, IMF Bail Out Greece During Debt Crisis," "Go ahead, Angela, make my day" from the Economist, and "Ending Greece's Nightmare" by Paul Krugman from the 1/26/2015 New York Times Opinion Pages. View all three articles online here.
The economics of lethal disease outbreaks: the case of Ebola. "The Ebola Crisis" from the Economist and "Ebola: Economic impact already serious; could be catastrophic without swift response" from The World Bank. View both articles online here.
The economics of of a water crisis and the role of economics in resolving water scarcity. "California areas brace for water rationing as reservoir levels fall" from the LA Times and "Water Resources Issues" by Timothy H. Quinn. View both online here.
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 Anti-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?