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Annual WIU "Economics Day" Feb. 1

January 24, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – Issues concerning U.S. and global economics will be addressed at Western Illinois University's "Economics Day," Friday, Feb. 1. The event will be held in Stipes Hall, room 121, and is open free to WIU students, faculty, staff and the local community.

Sponsored by the WIU Department of Economics and Decision Sciences (EDS) and the WIU Visiting Lecture Series, the day's activities and speakers are planned in conjunction with the Center for Economic Education (CEE) at WIU. As a part of a national and state network of economic education, the CEE's primary goal is enhancement and improvement of the recruiting process for economics students by encouraging economic education.

This year's "Economics Day" events include:
10 - 11 a.m. – A discussion of "Freakonomics"—should schools should pay students for good grades?
11 a.m. - noon – "Economics in the News" an overview of the economy, the fiscal cliff and the trillion dollar coin.
2 - 3 p.m. – Alumni viewpoint with Linsey Ackerman of Caterpillar. Ackerman will discuss economics, education and working in the global business environment.

"We really enjoy this opportunity to educate our attendees about current economic issues," said Tom Sadler, associate professor of economics and decision sciences and director for the CEE. "This is such a terrific opportunity to illustrate the impact of U.S. and global economics on some of the world's most pressing business challenges."

For more information contact Sadler at TR-Sadler@ or Tej Kaul, EDS department chairperson, at

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