Econ Forum - Obamacare

Econ Forum - Obamacare

The Econ Forum was started in 2007 to provide an opportunity for students and faculty to meet in a casual setting to discuss current topics of interest. Since that time, two seniors each year take on the job of coordinating that year's Econ Forums. Each Forum starts with an article to serve as the jumping off point for the discussion.

Join us on Friday, March 14th at Noon here on campus in Nelson Hall East 106 to discuss the impact of Obamacare on the financial well-being of uninsured individuals. We have two articles that will be used as the jumping off point for our discussion--"Is Obamacare really a wealth-care law? New study suggests law could reduce personal bankruptcies" by Quentin Fottrell in the February 28, 2014 MarketWatch/The Wall Street Journal, and "The Effects of the Massachusetts Health Reform on Financial Distress" by Bhashkar Mazumder and Sarah Miller. Both articles can be viewed here or your can pick up a hard copy in the Economics office in SH 206.


Examples of discussion topics and articles we have used recently

The economic impact of Wal-Mart on small towns and issues associated with the company as a whole.
Wal-Mart: How big can it grow?," a special report in The Economist; and "Is Wal-Mart good for America?," an article from Frontline. View them online HERE

Issues of child poverty in the United States and the economic measures needed to mitigate them.
"The Anit-Econmomist: Problem Number One" by Jeff Madrick.

Climate Change and the Economy of the Future
Scientists Seek Strategy to Convey Seriousness of Sea-Level Rise (ClimateWire) and Sea Level Rise (Greenpeace)

Do You Procrastinate? Want to Figure Out Why?
The Problem of Procrastination and Self-Control by Dan Ariely from Predictably Irrational

Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?
Journalist Evaluates Obama, Romney Economic Plans by David Leionhardt

Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
The wealth of nations - A review of why nations fail

Is student debt the next bubble?
Is student loan debt the next financial crisis? As college student debt grows, is it worth it?