Lawrence Economics Blog

Creative Instruction

Model UN at Lawrence

Model UN is a student run organization that as a group chooses and represents a specific country within the many different organizations, sub-committees, and main governing bodies of the United Nations. Each year, we as a group prepare for a major Model UN convention. We are looking forward to a new year, and hope to choose a country from a new and different region, outside of Africa, and are looking to also attend a new conference and are currently in the process of narrowing our choices – we are looking at ones in Montreal, Toronto, California and Missouri. Our meeting will be this up and coming TUESDAY at 8pm in Hiett, 1st floor. Please contact Emily Dalton if you have any questions!

Alumnus talk

Jim Lyon ’74, First Vice President of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, will give a talk entitled Too Big to Fail on Friday at 9:50 am in Briggs 223. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and get some insight into the largest financial crisis in recent history.

Economics club meeting

Come learn what’s new in Economics at Lawrence at the year’s first Economics Club meeting. New courses, new program, new professor–lot’s of exciting developments. The place: Briggs 223; the day: Wednesday, 9/24; the time: 7:00 pm. There will be pizza! So that we know how much to order, go to this poll to show your pizza preference!

Pizza night

Celebrate the end of the year and recharge for finals with a pizza night! The economics department invites students of economics to join for a pizza at Frank’s or Stuc’s on Tuesday, June 3rd at 5:00 pm. Sign-up sheet is on Adam Galambos’s door — mark your preference for Frank’s or Stuc’s and whether you can offer or need a ride.

Alumnus visit

Lawrence is pleased to welcome back 2001 graduate Romel Mostafa. He will be on campus Monday, May 5th and will give a talk to the Economics Club. Since graduating with majors in Economics and Math-Computer Science, Mostafa has done some consulting and then enrolled in a unique program entitled Firm Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Technological Change at Carnegie-Mellon University. His talk will be at 4:30 in Briggs 217. He will be presenting his paper “Economic Growth One Industry at a Time: Entrepreneurship in the Bangladesh Garment Industry” .

All those interested in either economic growth or entrepreneurship will find the talk quite stimulating. We hope you can join us.

Alumnus visit

John Schmid ’83 will be on campus on Thursday evening to participate in a panel on careers in journalism. He writes for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has authored numerous articles on globalization and its effects on various aspects of the Wisconsin economy. He looks forward to talking with students about these relationships and will be available from 4 – 5 PM, this Thursday, April 24th, in Briggs 217 to meet with those interested.

Wells Fargo tour

Are you interested in a career in finance or banking? The Career Center is organizing a trip to visit the Wells Fargo facilities in Menomonee Falls on Thursday, February 14th. After lunch on site, there will be a tour and meetings with Lawrence alumni, as well as with a Vice President. Transportation will be provided. Sign up at the Career Center!

Water, Water Everywhere, but not a Drop to Sell

Second Event in the Series Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts

Terry L. Anderson, Executive Director, PERC, and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, will give a talk at 4:30 pm on Monday, February 18th in Science 102 on water markets. From the announcement:

All of human history is related in one way or another to water resources.

Water scarcity has often led to conflicts, leading Mark Twain to say “Whiskey is for drinkin’ and water is for fightin’.”

Implementing water markets could eliminate some of this fightin’ and leave more time for drinkin’, but doing so is easier said than done.

This lecture will explain how water markets can work; discuss the importance of clear and transferable water rights; provide evidence of working water markets; and suggest how water markets could be primed to do more, especially in the Great Lakes region.