March 24, 2009

Vandeveer Speaker Series continues on March 27

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The spring lineup for the Vandeveer Speaker Series at Southern Illinois University Carbondale continues on Friday, March 27, with Kevin Sylwester, associate professor of economics at SIUC.

Sylwester’s topic is “Why Do African Democracies Grow Faster Than Their Non-Democratic Neighbors?” His talk begins at 3 p.m. in Faner Hall, Room 4135.

The remaining speakers on the schedule are:

• Kenneth D. West, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, “Oil and the Macroeconomy: Lessons for Monetary Policy,” 3 p.m. on April 10, Faner Hall, Room 4135.

• Stephen Turnovsky, from the University of Washington at Seattle, “Growth and Inequality: Dependence on the Time Path of Productivity Increases (and other Structural Changes),” 3 p.m. on May 1, Faner Hall, Room 4135.

Sajal Lahiri, Vandeveer Endowed Chair in the Department of Economics, organizes the series.

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