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ECU Economics Department Hosts Scholarship Fundraiser, Symposium

ECU Economics Department Hosts Scholarship Fundraiser, Symposium

On October 3, East Carolina University’s Department of Economics in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences will host an undergraduate scholarship fundraiser and public symposium on “Monetary Policy and the Economy.”

The day begins with a luncheon from 12 – 1:30 p.m. at the Greenville Country Club, 216 Country Club Drive. During the luncheon, participants will hear frank and open discussions on the financial markets and the evolving role of the Federal Reserve. Featured speakers will include economists in the academic and public sectors.

Dr. Randall Parker, ECU professor of economics, will discuss “Why are we Here?” Dr. Jim Butkiewicz, economics professor at the University of Delaware, will present “The Fed: Then and Now.” Dr. James Fackler, economics professor at the University of Kentucky, will review “Current Fed Actions: Monetary Policy or Fiscal Policy?” Dr. Robert Carpenter, economics professor at the University of Maryland and economist for the Federal Reserve of Richmond, will answer the question “Can the Eurozone Survive?” Finally, Dr. Robert Hetzel, senior economist at the Federal Reserve of Richmond, will conclude with “The Way Forward after the Great Recession: Increased Intervention by Central Banks in Markets or a Limitation of Central Bank Powers to Increase Market Discipline?”

At 3 p.m. Hetzel also will lead a technical research seminar in the ECU Department of Economics’ seminar room, Brewster B-104, on the ECU campus.

To conclude the daylong symposium, a free, public forum with presentations and roundtable discussions will be held at 7 p.m. in Hendrix Theatre, on the ECU campus. Dr. Alan R. White, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, will provide introductions.

Tickets for the scholarship fundraising luncheon at the Greenville Country Club are $50 and may be purchased through the Department of Economics. Checks should be made payable to The ECU Foundation and mailed to Dr. Randall Parker, ECU Dept. of Economics, Brewster A-422, Greenville, NC 27858.

For additional information, contact Parker at 252-328-6755 or parkerr@ecu.edu. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.