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3 posts from February 2014


Mark D. White comments on Adam Grant's New York Times op-ed on tenure

AdamgrantAt the Economics and Ethics blog, ASE president Mark D. White (College of Staten Island/CUNY) discusses a recent The New York Times op-ed by Adam Grant (Wharton) regarding the tenure system at American universities and how it can be changed to improve post-tenure motivation and productivity. Grant advocates for different types of tenure to accommodates professors with different emphases on research and teaching, while White advocates for a more pluralistic understanding of the professorial role within the current tenure system.

You can read the post here.


Op-Ed: Deb Figart and Ellen Mutari on casino concentration in Atlantic City, NJ

Atl cityDeborah M. Figart (past ASE president) and Ellen Mutari (current ASE vice president), economists at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, recently published an op-ed in Press of Atlantic City addressing the issue of increasing concentration in Atlantic City's casino industry.

There is a number. There is a measure to help determine whether the casino industry in Atlantic City is too concentrated. It's called the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index, or HHI. It is a commonly accepted measure of market concentration. The HHI reveals that the Atlantic City casino industry is already highly concentrated.

Speculation that Caesars Entertainment Corporation may have its eye on purchasing Revel Casino-Hotel has drawn the attention of political leaders such as state Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic. Caesars already owns and operates four of Atlantic City's now 11 casinos and was instrumental in the decision to shutter the Atlantic Club, one of its competitors. So what would be the economic impact if this already dominant player merged Revel into its holdings?

You can read the entire article here.


Call for papers: Joint AFEE-ASE session at 2015 ASSA meetings


January 3-5, 2015 | Boston, MA

AFEE (Association for Evolutionary Economics) and ASE (Association for Social Economics) are having a joint panel at the ASSA annual meeting in 2015. Fred Lee will be coordinating it for AFEE and working very closely with the ASE program chair for the ASSA, Ellen Mutari. We welcome individual proposal or an entire panel proposal on "The Impact of Commodification on the Social Provisioning Process". The joint AFEE/ASE panel is allocated to AFEE. Please note that anyone who presents a paper must be a member of AFEE or ASE at the time of submission of the paper or panel proposal. Preference will be given to presenters who are members of both organizations.

Proposals for papers or panels must be electronically submitted as a pdf or word file to the AFEE Program Chair, Frederic Lee and to the ASE Program Chair, Ellen Mutari, by April 22, 2014. The following information must be submitted for each paper:

a. Name(s) of author(s);
b. Professional affiliation(s);
c. E-mail address of corresponding author (ideally, for all authors involved);
d. Mailing address of corresponding author (ideally, for all authors involved);
e. Title of proposed paper;
f. Abstract of no more than 250 words;

For all authors, we will also need name, institutional affiliation, phone, email, and membership status in AFEE and ASE.

Please be send your paper proposal and all requested information to:

     Frederic Lee (AFEE Program Chair), leefs@umkc.edu

     Ellen Mutari (ASE Program Chair), ellen.mutari@stockton.edu

For AFEE membership information, please, visit http://www.afee.net or contact erhake@catawba.edu.

For ASE membership, information can be found at http://socialeconomics.org/

We will confirm membership prior to accepting proposals.

Authors will be informed whether their abstracts/panel has been accepted by the end of May 2014.

You are expected to have paper prepared and provided to members of your panel in mid-December.

For the general AFEE and ASE Call for Papers, go the following links:

AFEE CFP: http://www.afee.net/

ASE CFP: http://www.socialeconomics.org/?page=conferences&side=assa&sub=call_for_papers

Fred Lee

Professor Frederic S. Lee
AFEE President-Elect
Department of Economics
University of Missouri-Kansas City
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