Abolish the minimum wage? A debate.

Quick share on Monday am, on our semester theme of the minimum wage: Here’s a link to a public debate on the minimum wage hosted a couple of years ago by NPR’s Intelligence^2 Debates. The audio recording of the 50-minute Oxford-style debate addresses the motion “Abolish the minimum wage.” and a winner is determined by polling audience members before and after the debate. James Dorn (Cato Institute) and Russ Roberts (Hoover Institution at Stanford University) argue in favor of the motion, while Jared Bernstein (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) and Karen Kornbluh (former U.S. ambassador to the OECD) side Continue reading Abolish the minimum wage? A debate.

Economics That Really Matters

A quick note on this Friday regarding a new-ish (and new to me) economics blog: Economics That Really Matters. With posts written by graduate students and young faculty in economics, the blog aims to contribute to the discourse of development economics, encourage debate relevant to poverty reduction and agricultural development, and share thoughts from our research experiences. The most recent article is written by a friend and former colleague of mine (and killer poker player!) Carolina Castilla. She employs field experiments to test outcomes of a trust game to analyze differences in household spending patterns between men and women. The work has Continue reading Economics That Really Matters

Should Tacoma increase its minimum wage to $15/hour? A live debate!

On October 8th at 7pm, colleagues at Pacific Lutheran University will hold their latest installment of the Ruth Anderson Public Debate, where two teams (one expert and one student debater each) will engage in a debate on the subject of increasing the minimum wage in Tacoma to $15 an hour. Sound Economics will be there covering the debate live, and we encourage those economically-minded readers to attend if you can! If you cannot attend, follow the debate on Twitter; a small handful of questions for the debaters will be selected from Twitter submissions. In the weeks leading up to the debate, Continue reading Should Tacoma increase its minimum wage to $15/hour? A live debate!

Careers (and internships) in Economics

Studying economics can open up countless opportunities for your future – here’s a short video from the American Economic Association showing the many ways how: To aid in this pursuit, Sound Economics hopes to share some job and internship opportunities with you throughout the semester. You can find many opportunities by visiting LoggerJobs (through my.pugetsound) or from visiting Career and Employment Services. This week, you’ll find: Private Wealth Management Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs: Seattle (ID# 27101) – Oct. 21 deadline! (Open to sophomores and juniors and available in multiple locations.) Several positions at Liberty Mutual Insurance, including an Actuarial Internship (ID#27103) Continue reading Careers (and internships) in Economics

Welcome Back!

Welcome to another year of Sound Economics! Starting this Monday, we’ll be bringing you a daily dose of economic news and features on economics students here at the University of Puget Sound. This semester we will: introduce you to our new team of writers; feature several discussions of our theme for the semester: increased minimum wage proposals; present a new collection of profiles of student internships, student research, and economics department alumni. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or sign up for our daily e-mail digest!  

The Economics Blogosphere

As we begin finals week, and our bloggers take their summer hiatus, readers may be wondering where to go to get their fix of economic news and analysis. Fortunately, the econ blogosphere is under no shortage of excellent blogs worth reading. One such blogger, Noah Smith, has compiled a guide on Bloomberg View titled “These Are the Econ Blogs You Need to Read.” Macro blogs, aggregator blogs (which collect and often synthesize other blogs), game theory and decision making blogs, more partisan (both on the left and right) blogs … the list goes on and on. The realm of econ blogs Continue reading The Economics Blogosphere

Sound Economics Summer Reading

I’ll be taking a little time this summer to do a little reading, and I’m inviting Sound Economics readers and writers to join me in the inaugural Sound Economics Summer Reading club! Below, I’ll give a few books I plan on reading this summer. Feel free to reply in the comments section if you’d like to join me for some summer economics reading. Once fall comes back around, we’ll have something to discuss as a community of readers and econ-enthusiasts! I look forward to writing on these books (and much more) when the fall comes back around! Book #1: Misbehaving: The Continue reading Sound Economics Summer Reading

Econ Social Hour and an Internship opportunity

Two announcements to send your way! First, our next Econ Social Hour will happen this Friday, April 17th, from 4-6 pm at Engine House No. 9. All economics students are welcome! Additionally, here is an internship opportunity at the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. The internship involves updating the Washington State Economic Climate Survey. The closing date is April 30, 2015. To apply, CLICK HERE!

Economics in social media

As an academic blog, Sound Economics is our way, as students and faculty of economics, to explore economic ideas publicly, engage in debate, and exchange reactions to and analyses of current events. These forums have played an increasing role in economics in recent years. As further evidence of the expansion of economic discussions online, last week former Fed chair Ben Bernanke announced his new blog, hosted at the Brookings Institution. In his own words, Now that I’m a civilian again, I can once more comment on economic and financial issues without my words being put under the microscope by Fed watchers. I look Continue reading Economics in social media