Economics at 
Community Colleges 

November 2012

Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF #103245) and Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics

Edited by Eddy Chi and Michelle Kim

We know so little about who teaches economics at community colleges. Data collected in four regions about two-year faculty can be found at SERC. There is great potential for a research project—anyone interested? Contact Mark Maier.

In this issue:

  • November Cutting Edge Webinar: "Health Care Cost Crisis: What Can We Teach in Principles?"  with Thomas Buchmueller, University of Michigan, November 30, 2012
  • Community College Meeting, both in person and by phone, at ASSA/American Economics Association Annual Convention, January 3-6, 2013, San Diego, CA 
  • What does the American Economic Association Have to Offer Community College Faculty?
  • Save the Date: Upcoming Regional Workshops in Southern California, DC/MD/VA, Chicago, and Upstate New York
  • February Cutting Edge Webinar:  "Race in the Principles of Economics Classroom"  with Cecilia Conrad, Pomona College/MacArthur Foundation, Date TBA
  • View Past Cutting Edge Webinars

November 2012 Cutting Edge Webinar
Health Care Cost Crisis: What Can We Teach in Principles?

Thomas Buchmueller, Waldo O. Hildebrand Professor of Risk Management and Insurance, University of Michigan 

How can we update our principles courses to address new theory and new issues? Join Tom Buchmueller for a discussion of current thinking on health care economics
  • Friday, November 30, 2012, 10AM PST | 11AM MST | 12PM CST | 1PM EST
  • 30 minutes of online web presentation via phone and Blackboard Collaborate web conference followed by 30 minutes of Q&A discussion (1 hour total)
  • Click here to register
Thomas Buchmueller is a health economist at the University of Michigan. His recent work has examined the relationship between employer-sponsored insurance and labor market outcomes, interactions between the public sector and private insurance markets and consumer demand for health insurance. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and was the Senior Health Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President.

Community College Meeting at the ASSA/American Economic Association Annual Convention, San Diego

  • Thursday, January 3, 2013, 4-6PM PST
  • In person: Join other community college faculty prior to the American Economic Association (ASSA: Allied Social Science Meeting) meetings in San Diego: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Room Molly A&B. Click here to register.
  • On the phone: If you can’t make it to San Diego, join us by phone.  Email Mark Maier for conference call-in information
Information on the convention meetings that follow (January 4-6) can be found here.  First time at the Meetings? Joel Beutel from Delta Community College has prepared a guide about what not to miss, how to meet friendly colleagues, and how get the most out of the sessions. See his guide here.

What does the American Economic Association Have to Offer Community College Faculty?
Letter from Peter Rousseau, Secretary Treasurer of the AEA

Dear Community College Faculty,

The American Economic Association was organized in 1885 by a small group interested in economics and was incorporated in Washington, DC, on February 3, 1923. The purposes of the Association are 1) to encourage economic research, 2) to issue publications on economic subjects, and 3) to encourage perfect freedom of economic discussion. The Association as such will take no partisan attitude, nor will it commit its members to any position on practical economic questions. The spirit of these objectives has been maintained throughout the history of the Association. Once composed primarily of college and university teachers of economics, the Association now attracts an increasing number of members from business and professional groups. Today the Association has more than 18,000 members.

Member benefits include online access to all seven AEA journals: American Economic Review; Journal of Economic Literature; Journal of Economic Perspectives; and the four American Economic Journals: Applied Economics, Economic Policy, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics. Members also receive online access to pre-publication accepted articles. The AEA also offers discounts on article submission fees for the AER and the AEJs.

The Association organizes an annual conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education in conjunction with the Journal of Economic Education. The conference, held usually in early June, is an excellent opportunity for teachers to learn state-of-the-art techniques for improving teaching and research on economic education, and members receive discounted registration fees. Past conference presentations, programs, and schedule of events are available here. The AEA also operates a Continuing Education Program over the two days following the close of the annual meetings each January, and offers discounted rates to members. This program aims to help mid-career economists and others maintain their skills, and is tailored primarily to faculty at liberal arts colleges and teaching-oriented state universities that may have fewer research opportunities than colleagues at universities with PhD programs. The lecturers are leading scholars who also are excellent expositors. The focus is on content to help improve teaching and research. I invite you to view webcasts of selected AEA Annual Meeting and Continuing Education sessions online.

Econ-Harmony allows prospective individual paper submitters who are members to post information about their paper and search for others with similar interests who might join them to form a complete session submission for the annual AEA meetings held each January. It also allows AEA members to volunteer to chair sessions.

Given the many benefits of membership and the very reasonable membership dues for individuals ($20-$40 per year based on income), I hope that you will consider joining the AEA and look forward to welcoming you to the world's largest society of professional economists.

Yours sincerely,
Peter L. Rousseau
Secretary Treasurer   


Upcoming Regional Workshops

  • Southern California, January 18, 2013. Workshop planned. Watch for dates and location. Stipends availableFor information contact Amber Casolari
  • DC/MD/VA, date TBA. Second annual workshop on teaching economics at community colleges. Watch for dates and location. For information contact Bruce Madariaga or John Min.
  • Chicago Fed, Spring, 2013. Workshop with the Fed researchers on new initiatives in monetary policy. Watch for dates and registration. Stipends available. For information contact Brian Lynch or Michael Youngblood.

February Cutting Edge Webinar

Race in the Principles of Economics Classroom

Profile Photo of Cecilia Conrad
Cecilia Conrad, Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program
  • February 2013
  • Time and Registration Information: TBA
Dr. Conrad conducts research on economic inequality. At Pomona College, where she was most recently Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, she worked with academic departments to improve the campus climate for diversity.  In 2002, Dr. Conrad was recognized as California’s Carnegie Professor of the Year, a national award that recognizes faculty members for their achievement as undergraduate professors. She is now the Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program.  Her photo and biographical information can be found here.

View Past Cutting Edge Webinars

October 2012 Webinar with Russell Pittman
Antitrust: Current Theory and Current Issues

Watch the screencast (MP4 127.7MB)
Download the presentation (PowerPoint 2MB)
Russell Pittman is the Director of Economic Research, Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.
May 2012 Webinar with Gary Gorton
Lessons of the 2007 Financial Crisis for Teaching Principles of Economics

Watch the screencast (MP4 79.4MB)
Download the presentation (PDF 1015kB)
Gary B. Gorton is a Professor of Management and Finance at the Yale School of Management and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
April 2012 Webinar with Dean Baker
Lessons of the Economic Crisis for Principles of Economics

Watch the screencast (MP4 76.4MB)
Download the presentation (PowerPoint 126kB)
Dean Baker is the author of the weekly news commentary Beat the Press and a frequent commentator in major media outlets
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