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Wesleyan Students for a Free Society Meeting

Charlie “Not Mytheos Holt” Smith ’15 welcomes you to the inauguratory meeting of the Wesleyan Students for a Free Society:

Interested in economics, policy, philosophy or discussion?

Do you have a sneaking suspicion that governments don’t function very well?

Sick of hearing from the two main political parties?

Come to Wesleyan Students for a Free Society. A libertarian, free market, classical liberal orientated group hoping to stimulate discussion on campus. All opinions and view points are welcome!

Date: Tuesday, September 25
Time: 8:00 pm – 9:20 pm
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 113 (Klingher Classroom)

Check Out Some Digital Media films in Usdan, Yo

Looking for opportunities at the Usdan Monetary Fund? Jenna L. Hunter ’14 would like to connect you with a valuable career opportunity in economics:

Come see a FREE screening of all the cool things the Digital Media students having been making all semester. Just walk by the TVs that are normally playing sports games in Usdan. May 9th and 11th from 11:30-1:30.

Where: Usdan Monitors (who knew that’s what it’s actually called?)
When: 5/9 and 5/11
Another When: 11:30-1:30

The trailer’s really fucking cool, by the way, but I lack the ______ to put it up on YouTube or anything like that at the moment, so if one of y’all wants to, feel free.

UJSS Accepting Submissions until May 7th

Get that grade, get that award, get that article published! Off you go to graddd schooooooool. What? Elizabeth “Lizzie Tyrone” Williams ’13 hollers at you, girl:

The deadline for the spring publication for The Undergraduate Journal of Social Studies (UJSS, click here to access) is fast approaching! Please feel free to submit essays on any social science topic to ujsswesleyan(at)gmail(dot)com by May 7th.

Good god, I need that caffeine right up in here.

Richard Adelstein: The Rise of “The Rise of Planning in Industrial America, 1865-1914”

Friends of the Wesleyan Library would like to redundantly present Economics Professor Richard Adelstein and his new book, “The Rise of (See long title above):

Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics Richard Adelstein will talk about the history of corporate power and the writing of his new book, The Rise of Planning in Industrial America, 1865-1914. His book explores the transformation undergone by business in the U.S. over the
half-century following the Civil War — from small sole proprietorships and partnerships to massive corporations possessing many of the same constitutional rights as living men and women and leading up to the Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 Citizens United decision.

For more information about this event and others, email libfriends(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, or check out their website here.

Date: April 26, 2012
Time: 7:00-9:00
Location: Develin Room, 2nd floor Olin Library
Cost: free

Economics Experiment: Subject yourself, earn cash doing it

Chelsea Swete ’11 writes in

Help out with a unique economics experiment and earn up to $20 for just 30 minutes of your time!  Econ and non-econ majors are welcome.  Payoff depends on your performance; average payoff in a previous round was $13.60.  Seating is limited.

Wednesday April 6, 4:15, SC 141

If you have any questions, please contact cswete(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.  If you can’t make it to either session or spaces fill up, look for more sessions the following week.

Date :   April 6
Time:   3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Place:   SC141

Info on the sessions next week will be posted when they are confirmed by the coordinator. Sweet.

Why are you here again?

COLLEGE!!!If it’s to be “less likely to smoke, be obese or have low-birth-weight babies,” college is the place for you! Sorta.

In a report issued by the College Board, they find that:

those with a bachelor’s degree[…]are more likely to volunteer, vote, exercise and have health insurance and pensions. They are also less likely to smoke, be obese or have low-birth-weight babies. It did not assert that a college education, by itself, was responsible for all those differences.

“Correlation is not the same as causation,” warns–wouldn’t you know it–an Economics professor at American University.  While a lot of these similarities come from the demographics of college students, college experiences can help you adopt healthier behavior.

The report mentions things we already know and hope to be true, like the fact that college grads generally have higher salaries than those who only graduated from high school (by $21,900).  Also, unemployments rates are about half for those with college degrees.

For people like me who have a paper to start that’s due tomorrow though, there is another way:

And all is not lost if you don’t go to college. There are other routes to improving your earnings, for example, credentials that demonstrate mastery of an occupational skill like plumbing.

[New York Times]

Get Paid to Participate in Econ Thesis

Make some money by participating in the thesis experiment of Iwan Djanali ’09:

Participate in this last economics experiment to earn money* and play an important part of a senior thesis for just 30 minutes of your time. Econ and non-econ majors welcome. Seats VERY limited — come early! Questions? Contact idjanali@wes.

* payoff depends on your performance; average payoff from previous sessions was $12.3 and payoff range was $6-$19

Date: Friday, Feb 20
Time: 4:15pm
Place: Usdan 108

Econ Thesis Study: Earn $20 And Help A Fellow Student in One Fell Swoop


Iwan Djanali ’09 sent out this invitation to participate in his unique economics experiment. Students can earn up to $20 for assisting him in his thesis experiment. There will be two 30 minutes sessions held but you are only required to attend one. Econ and non-econ majors are welcome. There will be two sessions on Monday, Feb 2 at 2:45pm (FISK114) and at 4:15pm (SC109).

WHAT: Econ thesis experiment
WHEN/WHERE: Monday, February 2nd at 2:45 (FISK 114) and 4:15 (SC109)

If you’re interested, you are encouraged to go early as spaces are limited. For further info, contact idjanali@wes.edu.

Yohe on Greening the Global Economy

Economics professor Gary Yohe was quoted in the NY Times in an article about how rising fuel costs are muzzling the globalized economy and long-distance trade:

“If we think about the Wal-Mart model, it is incredibly fuel-intensive at every stage, and at every one of those stages we are now seeing an inflation of the costs for boats, trucks, cars,” said Naomi Klein, the author of “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.”

“That is necessarily leading to a rethinking of this emissions-intensive model, whether the increased interest in growing foods locally, producing locally or shopping locally, and I think that’s great.”

…“Being green is in their best interests not so much in making money as saving money,” said Gary Yohe, an environmental economist at Wesleyan University. “Green companies are likely to be a permanent trend, as these vulnerabilities continue, but it’s going to take a long time for all this to settle down.”

NY Times: Shipping Costs Start to Crimp Globalization