Discussion Series

In early 2007 the Economics Department launched the Current Issues in Economics discussion series, coordinated by Dr. Patrick Walsh. The goal of these discussions is to bring economics out of the classroom, to engage students, faculty and staff who we would otherwise not reach, and to answer questions about economic topics that "everyone is wondering about."

The following are from a sampling of the discussions, and include selected and assessable readings under each topic.


  • October 24: Current Issues in Economics: A Critical Analysis of Obama's and Romney's Economic Platforms - Tegrity Recording - Handout


  • March 3: Federal Debt


  • February 3: Stimulus and Bailouts
  • September 10: Health Care Reform


  • February 5: WalMart
  • April 15: Recession
  • September 30: presidential candidates' health care platform
  • October 17: the Financial Crisis
  • October 28: presidential candidates' taxes & trade platform


  • March 29: Outsourcing
  • September 25: Immigration

Each discussion features at least two panelists, who have been drawn from the Economics, Political Science, History, and Business departments. Some of these discussions have taken the form of a debate, while others merely present complementary perspectives on an issue.

We look forward to providing discussions on new economic issues as they arise.