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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

High School Students Gain an Introduction to the Real World

FEE’s summer seminars for high school students concluded at the end of July with Intro to the Real World, a seminar that not only looked at the basics of economics but also at practical applications, such as “Paycheck 101” and “The Rising Cost of College.”  Seventy-six participants from 22 different states were able to take part in lectures and activities as well as spend some time at Berry College, the world’s largest college campus.

Bruce Rottman opened the seminar by explaining how to think like an economist, laying the foundation for the seminar. Later, students learned the true cost of the minimum wage from Dr. Antony Davies of Duquesne University with his interactive experiment. Dr. Ivan Pongracic, a longtime lecturer for FEE, introduced students to public choice theory, and Dr. James Harrigan closed the seminar by inspiring participants to make a difference in the world.

On Wednesday, students enjoyed a short tour of Berry and got the chance to meet members of the economics department, headed up by Frank Stephenson. Stephenson gave a short presentation on what it means to be an economics major at Berry, and many students were able to have one-on-one conversations with faculty members about college decisions.

As participants look to enter into the “real world,” they are encouraged to stay connected with their peers by joining the FEE Alumni Network.