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Friday, March 19, 2010

Horwitz, Richman to Discuss Obama’s First Year

The Department of Economics at Western New England College will host its Seventh Annual Economics Conference on Tuesday, March 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Rivers Memorial Auditorium. This year’s topic is “President Obama’s First Year.” The event is free and open to the public.

The conference will feature two sessions. Session one from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. will address President Obama’s entrance into office during the worst recession since the Great Depression and his efforts with the economic stimulus. Professor Steve Horwitz of St. Lawrence University and Professor Gerald Friedman of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst will discuss the impact of the stimulus package so far and what is needed in the future.

The second session from 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. will discuss the health care system. Professor Gerald Friedman and Sheldon Richman of the Foundation for Economic Education will discuss the number of firms eliminating or reducing benefits as well as rapidly rising costs. They will also explore why the American health care system has become the most expensive in the world.

Details here.