National expert on the economy to speak at TROY

Posted: Wednesday, 02 April 2014

TROY - A nationally recognized economist will focus on income inequality in the United States in a lecture at Troy University Thursday, April 3.

Dr. N. Gregory Mankiw, chair and professor of economics at Harvard University, will begin the lecture at 9 a.m. in the Trojan Center Theater on the Troy Campus.

"We are fortunate to be hosting Dr. Mankiw, and the topic of his talk is very timely given the country's focus on inequality, the reviled one-percent income earners, and the constant calls for more progressive policies," said Dr. Scott Beaulier, director the Manley Johnson Center for Political Economy at TROY and chair and professor of the University's economics department.

Dr. Mankiw studied economics at Princeton University and MIT. He is the author of the leading introductory textbook for college students, "Principles of Economics," which has sold more than one million copies and has been translated into 20 languages.

His research includes work on consumer behavior, economic growth, financial markets, monetary & fiscal policy, and price adjustment. He is a highly publicized speaker and has published articles in various academic journals, such as the "American Economic Review," "Journal of Political Economy" and "Quarterly Journal of Economics;" and media outlets such as "The New York Times," "The Washington Post," "The Wall Street Journal," and "Fortune."

In addition to his responsibilities as an academic economist, Dr. Mankiw has also served as an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Congressional Budget Office. He has been a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research and served as chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisors under George W. Bush.

The lecture is free and open to the public.