If you’ve ever wondered why Greg Mankiw’s textbooks are so popular, it’s probably helpful to know that there is quite a bit of marketing support behind the products. (The books’ popularity is certainly not due low prices. =P) Luckily for us, said marketing support is usually informational in nature, so we get free talks about economics.
One talk is going to take place on Friday, April 15th from noon to 1pm via live webcast. The topic is “The Challenges Facing Monetary and Fiscal Policy,” so the talk should be pretty timely and relevant. You can see more about the talk on Facebook, and you can sign up to attend the online session here. (Note that you can sign up with only a name and email address if you don’t have the other information.)
The second event is a one-day conference for economic instructors at Harvard on April 29th. More complete information is available on Greg’s blog, and the speaking lineup looks pretty good:
- Greg Mankiw, The Challenges Facing U.S. Monetary and Fiscal Policy
- Alberto Alesina, Social Policies in the U.S. and Europe: Why So Different?
- Eric Mazur, Confessions of a Converted Lecturer
- Ben Friedman, Religious Influences on Economic Thinking: Where Did the Economics We Teach Come From?
- Jeremy Stein, Lessons from the Financial Crisis
There’s also some sort of social event at Greg’s house afterward for all of you stalker types. 🙂 The contact info to register for this event can be found at the link to Greg’s blog above, and, who knows, maybe Greg will even sign some textbooks for you:
(In case you’re curious, I post Greg’s events for a number of reasons. One, I hear about them directly from Greg’s publisher, which also indirectly happens to be my employer. Two, the marketing people at Cengage are very nice, so I like talking to them and helping them out. Three, Greg seems to have a genuine interest in getting people to learn economics, and I feel that, more the most part, he presents a thoughtful and balanced perspective.)