Submitted by Yosef Schaffel ’13, Economics Department UDR

The Economics department will be hosting a mock debate this Monday, November 5th, from 5-6pm in Wasserman Cinamatheque. The debate will feature the perenially popular Professor Michael Coiner and Professor Catherine Mann, who was just nominated for Business Professor of the Year by The Economist, on teams with students from the economics department and IBS. Professor Adam Jaffe will moderate.

While there have been four presidential debates so far,  the substance in these debates has been tenuous at best. Come to “The Economics Behind the Election: A Debate for Your Vote” on Monday as the participants will attempt to ground the political rhetoric in fact.

Sparks are sure to fly as the professors tackle issues like unemployment, the importance of reducing the budget deficit, and the best ways to start growing the economy. Undergraduate and Graduate students will help each side out, both with research and in presenting answers. Jay Dev (2013) and Andrew Hayes (2013) will team up with Professor Coiner to represent the conservative viewpoint. Samuel Stemper (2013) and Anna Kovalenko (MA 2013) will join Professor Mann to present the moderate perspective. Students will answer one question apiece, and the professors will take the lead on two questions each.

Professor Adam Jaffe will use his expertise to moderate the debate. He will pose questions to the candidates, push for follow up answers, as well as select audience members to participate.

A reception will follow the event in the Sachar Lobby of the International Business School. Free pizza, including a kosher option, will be offered, and drinks will be provided.

Please join us this Monday evening, the 5th of November, from 5-6pm as we try to do whatever we can to help inform you about what your vote is truly going towards on Election Day.


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