Policy scribbling

(Source: Flikr Creative Commons) Governor Dayton delivered his State of the State address last night. I never used to pay much attention to them, but that changed in 2012. The evening of February 15, 2012, I gave a talk to Women, Wisdom, and Wine on Minnesota's economy and how it became above average.  It was a wonderful evening with an especially lively Q and A period. A nice part of … [Read more...]

The effects of lower oil prices: on the one hand…

Source: Flikr Creative Commons The old quip,"if all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion," came into my head yesterday after I read these articles: "Crash in oil prices will hurt the U.S. economy from Texas to Wall Street," by W. Rocky Newman and John R. Bowblis of Miami University. "Lower oil prices are good for the United States," by Olivier Blanchard and … [Read more...]

Learning from visitors

Source: Flikr Creative Commons One of the privileges of teaching at CSB|SJU is the opportunity to hear from a variety of visitors. The governor came to campus last week, a distinguished scientist spoke in February, a former senator gave the McCarthy Lecture in October; there’s always an event to attend where I know I’ll learn something. Paul Grangaard, chief executive officer of Allen Edmonds … [Read more...]