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Two Ways To Get Your April Mankiw Fix…

April 10th, 2011 · 6 Comments

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.)

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris Gaun // Apr 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Do people really line up to get their text signed by Mankiw? That is so dorky!


  • 2 Ron Cronovich // Apr 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Yes, people do line up to get their books signed. Dorky to some, cool to others. He’s a pretty big name in the world of economics, having served a U.S. president and published articles that are among the most cited in the discipline (I’m thinking of Mankiw Romer & Weil empirics of growth, and his earlier sticky price papers.)

  • 3 David Barber // Apr 11, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I totally read that as ‘April Mankiw’ and thought ‘I wonder if she’s related…?’

  • 4 Punditus Maximus // Apr 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Professor Mankiw is an enigma to me. On the one hand, he writes strong and successful textbooks that express the current economic consensus well.

    On the other hand, he’s a GOP hack whose blog is a cesspool of disinformation.

    Odd that those two men could occupy the same body. Anyways.

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