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'I Didn't Learn a Thing as an Undergrad: What is Wrong with Higher Education, and What is Wrong with Economics'

Fri., Aug. 23, 2013 7:00 p.m.

'I Didn't Learn a Thing as an Undergrad: What is Wrong with Higher Education, and What is Wrong with Economics?'
by Dr. John Palmer
Friday 23 August 2013, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
University of Regina, RIC 119

"I don’t remember much of what I was taught as an undergrad. And judging from current exam performances, students these days retain even less. If that is the case, why are we bothering to run the higher education industry at all? Some of my suggested answers to this question will also shed light on what is wrong with economics and where the economics discipline is headed." 

John Palmer received a BA in economics from Carleton College in 1965, attended Chicago Theological Seminary 1965-67, and earned his PhD in Economics from Iowa State in 1971. He taught economics at The University of Western Ontario from 1971 until 2011, with visiting positions at Guelph, Hawaii, The Bader International Studies Centre (Queen’s), and most recently at The University of Regina.

 His formal areas of specialization are industrial organization and the economic analysis of law, but he has also published articles on the economics of sports, monetary economics, and urban economics. He is a past president of the Canadian Law and Economics Association and a 4-time teaching award winner.