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P. Gary Wyckoff
P. Gary Wyckoff

WAMC Features Wyckoff

Posted October 5, 2010
Tags Economics Gary Wyckoff Government Hamilton In the News

WAMC/Northeast Public Radio in Albany will feature a reading by Professor of Government and Director of the Public Policy Program P. Gary Wyckoff on Thursday, Oct. 7, as part of the public radio station’s Academic Minute. The program normally airs each weekday at 7:37 a.m. and 3:56 p.m at 90.3 FM in the Clinton area but because WAMC is in its fall fund drive, the Academic Minute will not air at its usual times. Instead, it will be played as a floating module throughout the day.

 

According to WAMC’s website, the Academic Minute program “features professors from top institutions around the country, delving into topics from the serious to the light-hearted, keeping listeners abreast of what’s new and exciting in the academy with topics ranging from updates on groundbreaking scientific research to an explanation of how the board game Monopoly can help explain the economic recession.” WAMC is a regional public radio network serving parts of seven northeastern states. These include New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

 

Wyckoff’s topic, explores how much actual control any U.S. president has over the performance of the economy. An economist by training, Wyckoff's current research focuses on the empirical foundations of public sector decision-making. In his recently published book on this topic, Policy and Evidence in a Partisan Age: The Great Disconnect, Wyckoff presents an exploration of the paradox between the exaggerated claims made for public policies and the reality of their limited effectiveness.

Among the other colleges and universities that have participated in this program are Williams, Amherst, Middlebury, Mt. Holyoke, Columbia, Brown, Skidmore, Duke, Rensselaer and Vassar.


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