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...

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.