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MSU economists offer class on policy and economics in presidential election

August 29, 2012

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The public is invited to attend weekly sessions of a course offered by the faculty members of the Montana State University Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics that will examine both presidential candidates' positions on specific economic policy issues.

"Obama and Romney: Policy and Economics in the 2012 Presidential Election" will be held at 12:10 p.m. Wednesdays in room 301 of Linfield Hall beginning Sept. 5. Faculty who are experts in specific areas such as unemployment, financial regulation, immigration, social security, health care and taxation will lead discussions of the economic implications of the candidates' policy proposals in these and other areas. Discussions will run through Nov. 14.

The course is offered as a one-credit seminar for MSU students. However, MSU students not enrolled in the class, staff, faculty and members of the Bozeman community are invited to attend any or all of the presentations, according to Wendy Stock, chair of the department.

"Our faculty members are excited to provide an economic perspective of the candidates' positions on various issues and we are thrilled to make the course sessions open to the general public" Stock said.

The weekly issues and presenters for the series are:
Sept. 5, oil policy, Tim Fitzgerald; Sept. 12, Social Security, Doug Young; Sept. 19, taxation, Chris Stoddard; Sept. 26, immigration policy, Wendy Stock; Oct. 3, health care policy, guest speaker; Oct. 10, education policy, Mark Anderson; Oct. 17, financial market regulation, Myles Watts; Oct. 24, energy policy, Joel Schumacher; Oct. 31, "Who is going to win and where? Evidence from political markets and polls," panel discussion; Nov. 7, "Were the political prediction markets accurate," Vince Smith; Nov. 14, "How much did campaign financing matter in the 2012 election?" Carly Urban.

For more information about the class, email class organizer Vince Smith at or visit the department's website at

Vince Smith (406) 994-5615,