Events and Notices


E.M.M.M. stands for “Economics Majors Monthly Meetings.”

Faculty meet with students over lunch four times per semester, during the free period on Tuesdays. Sometimes we bring in external speakers (for exaample, Mark Orrs, Columbia University and Vincenzo LaRuffa, Susquehanna Venture Capital). Other times one of our professors present their research (Drs. Balasubramaniam, Bookman, Hionis, Libeman and Pardo have all done this).

Alternatively our faculty speak about economic topics in the news (Dr. Burke spoke on the presidential election in 2008 as well as on health reform in 2007).

Also, former students come in to speak to our students about their experience in the workforce or in graduate school. Sometimes we provide students with information on how-to, such as how to apply to graduate school or how to apply for work. For instance, Mr. Heron discussed the pros and cons of a hiatus between college and graduate school.

Intelligence Squared Debate Series (ISDS)

Once per semester the Economics Department shows a video of one of the monthly debates that take place in New York and bring together the world’s leading authorities on the most important current issues.

This time, the participants are:

Frederick Mishkin (Columbia University, member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2006 to 2008 and author of of the textbook Economics of Money, Banking, and Financial Markets. Those who took Dr. Pardo’s Monetary Economics used this textbook)
John Taylor (Professor of Economics at Stanford University, Senior Fellow in Economics at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and creator of the “Taylor rule.” Those who took Dr. Pardo’s Monetary Economics class know exactly what the Taylor rules is)
Steve Forbes (editor-in-chief of business magazine Forbes)
James Grant (writer and publisher. The founder of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, a twice-monthly journal of the financial markets)

They will discuss the motion America Does Not Need a Strong Dollar Policy. It’s often taken for granted that America needs a strong dollar.  When the value of the U.S. dollar is strong relative to other currencies, it becomes attractive to investors and allows Americans to buy foreign goods and services cheaply.  But in times of recession, are we better off with a weak dollar that stimulates U.S. manufacturing by making our goods cheaper and more competitive?  Or will the loss of purchasing power and currency manipulation abroad, offset the potential gains?

A video from recent live debate in New York will be shown at 11:30am-1pm in BL 265. If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Dr. Milica Bookman (

Omicron Delta Epsilon Undergraduate Student Conference

The Department of Business and Economics, Ursinus College, organizes each year the Omicron Delta Epsilon Undergraduate Student Conference, where papers in all subject areas of economics are presented by undergraduate students. This conference is a great opportunity for students to present their research projects to their peers and build relevant experience for their resumes.

This year, the conference will be held Friday April 25, 2014 from 8:00am – 2:00pm in Olin Hall at Ursinus College.  More information can be found at or contact

If you are interested in participating either by presenting your own research project or a discussant of another paper in an area of your interest, please contact Dr. Cristian Pardo (