Thursday, November 20, 2014

November Virginia Consumer Sentiment and Inflation Expectations Report is out: Things are looking good!

Read the latest Consumer Sentiment and Inflation Expectations Report here.

As you can see from the two graphics below, sentiment remains strong in the Commonwealth and short-term inflation expectations are low.


Table 1. US and VA Consumer Sentiment, pst. two yrs.
US data downloaded from FRED 11/17/2014; blue line is US Consumer Sentiment; 
black line is a two year moving average; orange bars are VA Consumer Sentiment


Table 2. Short- and long-term inflation expectations (VA), pst. two yrs.

The next report will be released in February 2015.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

PHHS AP Economics students visit Roanoke College

Four Roanoke College senior economics majors (Emma Webb, Katelyn Nuckoles, William Corso, and Robert Horn) are enrolled in a service learning project in which they help teach the Patrick Henry High School AP Economics class.

On November 13th, the PHHS students visited Roanoke College. They attended an economics class, took a tour, participated in an information session on applying to college hosted by the Admissions Office, and ate lunch with the Roanoke College economists.

You can read the reflections of the semester by the Roanoke College students here.

We will continue the service learning project in the spring.

RC and PHHS service learning students and faculty

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Public Choice Seminar opportunity available for RC students

Want to spend a weekend on the Virginia coast studying and talking about Public Choice Economics with students and faculty from Roanoke College, Christopher Newport University, and Hampden-Sydney College?

Check out the flyer below for details.

If you are a Roanoke College student and are interested, please contact Dr. Kassens by December 1.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Economics Reading Group Meeting #2

The first meeting of the Economics Reading Group was held last week. We discussed the chapter on income facts and fallacies in Thomas Sowell's "Economic Facts and Fallacies." Our discussion was started by watching a video interview of Sowell from 2008 (posted in a previous blog post).

Our next meeting will be held November 20th. In that meeting we will discuss the chapter on male-female facts and fallacies.

To watch a more recent interview (2011) with Sowell on the latest edition of his book, see below.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014-15 Economics Reading Group

The 2014-15 Economics Reading Group has expanded to include a trip to Washington, D.C. in February to visit with an AEI scholar. Ten Roanoke College students are participating.

This semester the group is reading Thomas Sowell's "Economic Facts and Fallacies". You can watch an interview with Sowell about the book below.




Visit this blog for updates on the Reading Group.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Economics Service Learning

This semester four economics majors are participating in the first economics service learning course.

Emma Webb, Robert Horn, Katelyn Nuckoles, and William Corso will be assisting Mr. Hartman in teaching his AP Economics course at Patrick Henry High School.


The four Roanoke College students develop simulations and discussion questions each week to bring into the PHHS classroom. Afterwards the economics majors post reflection pieces on the course blog. You can follow the experience by checking out the blog here.

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...