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Levitt Center to Host Upstate Fed Challenge

Hamilton’s Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center will host the upstate competition of the College Fed Challenge on Friday, Nov. 9.  The Challenge is a team competition for undergraduate college students inspired by the working of the Federal Open Market Committee. Hamilton will be represented by students in Professor of Economics Ann Owen’s Monetary Policy class. The students presenting are seniors Eric Boole, Danny Kaufman, Aislinn Shea and Amanda Thorman.  The entire class participates, with some doing the presenting and others helping them to prepare.  More ...

Study Finds Hamilton Has $275 Million Regional Impact

With total payroll exceeding $23.1 billion for 373,800 direct, indirect and induced jobs, New York’s independent colleges and universities are major source of jobs in New York State, according to a Center for Governmental Research (CGR) analysis released today by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU). The announcement came during an Independent Higher Education Forum on Oct. 16 in Utica.  More ...

P. Gary Wyckoff
Wyckoff Essay Published in InsideHigherEd

Using examples from today’s political landscape, Professor of Government P. Gary Wyckoff examined elements of critical thinking in an essay titled “What Exactly Is Critical Thinking,” published by InsideHigherEd in its Oct. 11 edition. “As I prepared for the start of classes this fall, I tried to pinpoint the critical thinking skills I really want my students to learn,” wrote Wyckoff.  “And as I listened to public debates on everything from tax policy to Obamacare, five essential thinking skills seemed to be missing, again and again.”  More ...

Stephen Wu
Wu Named Co-Editor for IJW

Professor of Economics Stephen Wu was selected to be a co-editor for the International Journal of Wellbeing (IJW). Wu previously served on the editorial board.  More ...

Economics Faculty Publish Articles

“More Information Isn’t Always Better: The Case of Voluntary Provision of Environmental Quality,” a paper by Professors of Economics Ann Owen, Julio Videras and Stephen Wu, was published in the July issue of the journal Economic Inquiry.  More ...

Michael Greenstone
MIT’s Michael Greenstone to Speak on Climate Change in Levitt Lecture

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor Michael Greenstone will deliver a lecture titled “Will Adaptation Save us From Climate Change?” on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. The lecture, which begins the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center’s Sustainability series, is free and open to the public.  More ...

Dukakis Center's Wisner Details Greece's Economic Woes

In the opening lines of his Levitt Center-sponsored talk David Wisner expressed the true nature of his chosen topic by pointing out how the title of his presentation, “The Crisis of the European Union and the future of Greece” could easily be flipped around and still capture the subject matter as “The Crisis of Greece and the future of the European Union.” During his lecture, Wisner would expand upon the international relationships present in the European economic crisis and paint a grim short-term picture for those involved, especially for Greece.  More ...

Derek Jones
Jones Publishes Article on the Effects of Privatization

An article co-authored by Derek Jones, the Irma M. and Robert D. Morris Professor of Economics, was published as a chapter in Volume 13 of Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms. “Insider Ownership and Firm Performance: Evidence from Bulgaria” was written with Mark Klinedinst, emeritus professor of economics at the University of Southern Mississippi.  More ...

Ann Owen
Christian Science Monitor Quotes Owen

Ann Owen, the Henry Platt Bristol Professor of Economics, spoke with The Christian Science Monitor for an article titled “Time to refinance your mortgage? Rates hit historic lows” published on Sept. 27. She discussed the current inflation rate as it relates to fixed-rate loan rates and how increased housing and mortgage demand might change borrowing rates. She also addressed the possible effect of Federal Reserve actions.  More ...

NYC Program students pose in front of Monet's "The path through the irises."
NYC Program Visits Metropolitan Museum of Art

Students participating in the fall 2012 New York City Program were fortunate to receive a private tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sept. 5 as their first outing of the semester.  The excursion was guided by Richard Turnbell, chair of the Department of Art History at FIT.  The current program, led by Professor of Economics Christophre Georges, has 15 participants.  More ...

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