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!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Read a student "story" about different party viewpoints on an increase in the minimum wage

The first Twitter assignment in Dr. Kassens' ECON 122 section involved explaining why different parties might take differing views on the proposal to increase the federal minimum wage. Students were asked to read an article in the New York Times by Gregory Mankiw and then answer a specific question.

Read the assignment and their story in Tweets:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Twitter project, take three

For the third time, students in Dr. Kassens' ECON 122 (Principles of Macroeconomics) class are using Twitter to improve written communication skills.

Below you can sees what they are currently talking about.

Check back often as it will update regularly.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Spring Economics Reading Group Interest Form

Are you a Roanoke College student and interested in discussing economic freedom? Join the Roanoke College Economics Reading Group! Last fall we read "Capitalism and Freedom" by Milton Friedman and were led in our discussion by Dr. Benne.

This semester we will read "Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics" by Nicholas Wapshott. More details about the activites for the reading group will be given as we get into the semester. Each student will be given a copy of the book prior spring break.



Fill out the form below if you are interested and Dr. Kassens will be in touch with more details.