Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Kassens' Appointment to the Virginia Joint Advisory Board o...

Roanoke College Economist, Alice Kassens, was recently appointed by the Governor to serve on his JABE. Read about it below:

The Running Economist: Appointment to the Virginia Joint Advisory Board o...: I am honored and excited to announce that I have been appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Joint Advisory Board of Economists. Th...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Spencer Lewen `14 interviewed by Value Penguin

Roanoke College senior Spencer Lewen, an economics major, was interviewed by Value Penguin. He discussed why he chose to study economics and the future of the field.

You can read his interview here.

Great job Spencer!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Check out blog posts by Roanoke College Health Economics students

This semester Dr. Kassens' Health Economics students have each made five blog posts based upon a prompt.

Students analyzed several big issues such as the economic costs and benefits of PPACA, the "right" to health care, and mandatory paid sick leave.

You can read their posts and see the progress the students made in their writing skills over the semester here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Top words in ECON 122 Twitter Project

Minimum wage dominated the early tweets this semester in Kassens ECON 122 (Principles of Macroeconomics), but things have changed. Check out the current top words and what they are talking about:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Several Roanoke College Economics Students Present Posters at the Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting

Roanoke College hosted the 41st Virginia Association of Economists Annual Meeting March 20-21.

This year marked the first year for a student poster session. Several Roanoke College economics students participated in the session.

Greg Long and Robert Altier presented an analysis of the recommendations made by their Roanoke College Fed Challenge team in October 2013.


Tamara Smith presented her paper from the fall econometrics course examining the effect of the age rule on player longevity in women's professional tennis.


Congrats to all!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring Economics Reading Group Part 1



The first meeting of the Spring Economics Reading Group will be March 18 from 7-8:30 PM in West Hall  (room to be announced soon). Watch your email for updates.

There will be coffee and cookies provided.

Bring your copy of "Keynes Hayek" to the meeting.

Two questions for you to consider:

1) How do you think Keynes and Hayek would explain the recent financial crisis?

2) How would these views of the causes of the financial crisis frame their policy recommendations.

If you have not picked up your copy of the book, please stop by Dreama Poore's office to get yours ASAP!