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.