Past Events

Spring 2018

Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics

Friday, March 23, 2018
SoCCAM is a one-day conference held each year at the Claremont Colleges located in Claremont, California.  The conference is sponsored by the Lowe Institute of Political Economy atconference page here.

Inland Empire Vision:  Trends and Challenges

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Claremont McKenna College hosts Inland Empire Vision in the new, state-of-the-art building, Roberts Pavilion.  CMC economists will present the Inland Empire Forecast and the Inland Empire Consumer Sentiment Index. Greg Devereaux, recently retired CEO of San Bernardino County, will give a keynote speech on local economic development policy.  The program will also feature a discussion of the $15 minimum wage led by local CEOs Tom Manzo and Bill Phelps.  Attendees will participate in a collaborative exercise to identify key challenges facing the Inland Empire. You won’t want to miss haring from these exceptional innovators and leaders!  Click here for more information.  


Fall 2017

Lowe Institute Open House and Info Session

  • At the Lowe Institute – Bauer North, Third Floor, Room 322
  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
  • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Rumblefish Sushi will be served.
  • Meet the new director of the Lowe Institute and learn about the programs and activities offered including:  research assistant jobs under the Faculty Student Research Program, sponsored summer internships, and the Baker-Lowe Scholar program.
  • Click here for flyer (pdf)

California Macroeconomics Conference

  • Friday, October 27, 2017
    The Lowe Institute of Political Economy at Claremont McKenna College will hold the 2nd Annual California Macroeconomics Conference at the Claremont Colleges on Friday, October 27, 2017. Topics include all areas of macroeconomics: real business cycles, search models, monetary theory, new Keynesian models, economic growth, and political economy. For more information, visit the conference page here.

Lowe Institute Board Meeting

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017 – Noon, at the California Club in Los Angeles

Spring 2017

AEI Executive Council West Coast Policy Summit

  • Friday, February 10, 2017
    6:00 pm dinner, Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017
    7:00 am – 6:00 pm / Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC

Summer Internship Info Session

  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017
    12:00 – 1:30 pm, Founders Room, Bauer Center North at CMC
    Information will be provided on the Lowe’s summer internship program for 2017. Pizza, drinks and dessert will be served.

March Madness Final Four Tournament Game

  • March 14-19, 2017

8th Annual Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics

  • Friday, April 21, 2017
    7:00 am – 6:00 pm Burkle 16, Drucker School of Business, Claremont Graduate University
  • Keynote Luncheon: John List, Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago, “10 Facts From the Market for Charitable Giving”
    12:00 pm – Hampton Room at Scripps College
  • 6:00 pm Dinner – Location TBD
  • Register here

Lowe Senior Thesis Writers’ Conference

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    5:30 – 8:00 pm, Parents Room, Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC
    Chair:  Heather Antecol

Spring Lowe Board Meeting

  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017
    5:30 p.m. meeting, 6:00 pm reception, dinner and student presentations
    California Club, Los Angeles
7th Annual Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics

Friday, April 1, 2016

SoCCAM is a one-day conference held each year at the Claremont Colleges. The conference is sponsored by the Lowe Institute of Political Economy in conjunction with the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College. SoCCAM 2016 will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016, in the Freeberg Forum in the state-of-the-art Kravis Center. The luncheon and keynote address will take place at CMC’s Athenaeum.

Jens Ludwig, McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy in the School of Social Service Administration and Chicago Harris, as well as director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, will give the conference keynote address.

The Lowe Institute of Political Economy is a research institute at Claremont McKenna College. Marc Weidenmier, Robert J. Lowe Professor of Economics and George R. Roberts fellow, directs the Institute.

The SoCCAM 2016 organizing committee includes Mary Evans (Chair), Claremont McKenna College; Tom Chang, University of Southern California; Douglas Miller, University of California, Davis; Sarah Reber, University of California, Los Angeles; Sally Sadoff, University of California, San Diego; Paulina Oliva Vallejo, University of California, Santa Barbara.

4th Annual Coachella Valley Economic Forecast Conference
Manfred Keil

Thursday, April 9, 2015
7:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Miramonte Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, CA

Register Now

Join us for the 4th Annual Economic Forecast Conference providing in-depth economic analysis for the nation, state and region presented by UCLA Anderson Forecast and Claremont McKenna College. Industry experts will respond to the forecast. Seating is limited, register now!


Southern California Conference In Applied Microeconomics

Friday, April 17, 2015

Emmanuel Saez
Photo © Genevieve Shiffrar

Keynote: Emmanuel Saez, UC Berkeley
“US Income and Wealth Inequality”

The Lowe Institute of Political Economy at Claremont McKenna College would like to invite paper submissions for the 6th annual Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics held at the Claremont Colleges. We encourage paper submissions in all areas of applied microeconomics, for example: developmental, environmental, experimental, labor, health, public, population, law, and urban. We invite paper submissions from faculty and graduate students from all colleges and universities in southern California and beyond.

  • Please send all paper submissions to the Lowe Institute at Claremont McKenna College at: kspetnagel@cmc.edu.
  • The deadline for paper submissions to the conference is January 31, 2015.
  • The SoCCAM Organizing Committee will select the papers to be presented at the conference.
  • Registration is free to all participants. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, parking and conference booklet.
  • Register here.
  • Paper presenters and discussants will be paid an honorarium of $300 to cover travel expenses.
  • For more information, please contact Professor David Bjerk at dbjerk@cmc.edu.

CMC Supporting Research Institute:

Marc Weidenmier, Director, Lowe Institute of Political Economy
Robert Lowe Professor of Economics and George Roberts Faculty Research Fellow

SoCCAM Organizing Committee:

David Bjerk, CMC
Kate Antonovics, UCSD
Seth Seabury, USC
Scott Carrell, UC-Davis
Marianne Bitler, UC-Irvine
Heather Royer, UC-Santa Barbara

2014-2015

5th Annual Inland Empire Economic Forecast Conference
Economic Forecast Conference

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
7:00 am – 10:15 am
Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA

Join us for the 5th Annual Economic Forecast Conference providing in-depth economic analysis for the nation, state and region presented by UCLA Anderson Forecast and Claremont McKenna College. Industry experts will respond to the forecast. Seating is limited, register now!


2013-2014

Lowe Senior Thesis Writer’s Conference – Spring 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
5:30 – 7:45 p.m.
MMCA Parents Room
Organizing Chair: Professor Heather Antecol
RSVP: kspetnagel@cmc.edu

Conference Program

5:30 – 5:45 p.m. Reception – Parents Room Lounge
5:45 – 6:15 p.m. Dinner – Parents Room Dining Room
6:15 – 6:30 p.m. Tessa DeCandido
Driving Consumer Response in Digital Marketing
Reader: Professor Ricardo Fernholz
6:30 – 6:45 p.m. Nathan Falk
Policy Uncertainty and Irreversible Investment in the United States
Reader: Professor Cameron Shelton
6:45 – 7:00 p.m. James Havlicek
Say Goodbye to Hollywood: The Performance Discrepancy of Franchise Films between the Domestic and Foreign Box Office
Reader: Professor Darren Filson
7:00 – 7:15 p.m Karan Saggi
Who is the Customer? Identifying the Initial Adopters of Formal Savings. Field Evidence from Malawi
Reader: Professor Jeffrey Flory
7:15 – 7:30 p.m. Nicole Appleton
Unemployment Rates During the Not-So-Great Recovery: How Much is Structural versus Cyclical?
Reader: Professor Manfred Keil
7:30– 7:45 p.m. Dessert and Closing Remarks – Professor Heather Antecol

Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Lowe Institute of Political Economy in conjunction with the Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children and the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College would like to invite paper submissions for the 5th annual Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics (SoCCAM). The one-day conference will be held at the Claremont Colleges Friday, April 4, 2014. The keynote luncheon address will be given by Eric Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. We encourage paper submissions in all areas of applied microeconomics including environmental economics, experimental economics, labor economics, health economics, population economics, law and economics, urban economics, and public economics. We invite paper submissions from faculty and graduate students from all colleges and universities in southern California.

  • Please send all paper submissions to the Lowe Institute at Claremont McKenna College at: kspetnagel@cmc.edu.
  • The deadline for paper submissions to the conference is January 31, 2014.
  • The SoCCAM Organizing Committee will select the papers to be presented at the conference.
  • Registration is free to all participants. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, parking and conference booklet.
  • Registration link: SoCCAM REGISTRATION
  • Paper presenters and discussants will be paid an honorarium of $300 to cover travel expenses.
  • For more information, please contact Professor David Bjerk at dbjerk@cmc.edu.

Supporting Research Institutes

Marc Weidenmier, Director, Lowe Institute of Political Economy
Robert Lowe Professor of Economics and George Roberts Faculty Research Fellow
Claremont McKenna College

Tomoe Kanaya, Director, Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children
Claremont McKenna College

SoCCAM Organizing Committee

David Bjerk, CMC

Kate Antonovics, UCSD

Manisha Shah, UCLA

Scott Carrell, UC-Davis

Marianne Bitler, UC-Irvine

Heather Royer, UC-Santa Barbara


Money For Nothing – Inside the Federal Reserve
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Freeberg Forum, Kravis Center
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

A behind the scenes look at the workings of the Federal Reserve. Documentary followed by a Q&A with film director Jim Bruce.


2012-2013

Lowe-Athenaeum Speaker Series 2012-13

The Lowe Institute and the Athenaeum co-sponsor an economics lecture series to bring distinguished speakers to CMC to discuss important public policy issues. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. Unless noted, all programs begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Athenaeum and end at 8:30 p.m. For reseravations, click here.

November 27 – Kris Mitchener, Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick

February 22 11:30 a.m. – Mushfiq Mobarek, Associate Professor of Economics at Yale School of Management

April 19 noon – Hilary Hoynes, Professor of Economics at UC Davis


Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics – Friday, April 19, 2013

The Lowe Institute of Political Economy at Claremont McKenna College would like to invite paper submissions for the fourth annual Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics (SCCAM). The one-day conference will be held at the Claremont Colleges Friday, April 19, 2013. We encourage paper submissions in all areas of applied microeconomics including environmental economics, experimental economics, labor economics, health economics, population economics, law and economics, urban economics, and public economics. Paper presenters will be paid an honorarium of $300 to cover travel expenses. TheLowe Institute will provide a continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The keynote address will be given by Hilary Hoynes, Professor of Economics at University of California at Davis and Co-editor of the American Economic Review.

The deadline for paper submissions to the conference is January 31, 2013. The Board Members of the SCCAM will select the papers to be presented at the conference. Please send all paper submissions to The Lowe Institute at Claremont McKenna College at kspetnagel@cmc.edu. We invite paper submissions from all colleges and universities in southern California. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers to the conference. For more information, please contact Professor Heather Antecol at hantecol@cmc.edu.

Supporting Research Institute:

Marc Weidenmier, Director, Lowe Institute of Political Economy
Claremont McKenna College Organizing Committee:

Heather Antecol (CMC)
Kelly Bedard (UC-Santa Barbara)
JR DeShazo (UCLA)
Mireille Jacobson (Rand)
Christopher Carpenter (UC-Irvine)
Michelle White (UC-San Diego)

Click here to visit the Conference Registration page.

Annual Lowe Cookout – Welcome Back Luncheon and Info Session

Friday, September 14, 2012
12 o’clock noon—1:30 pm
Green Hall Picnic Area
Hamburgers, Veggie Burgers, Hotdogs, Refreshments

All Students, Faculty and Staff
with an Interest in Economics are Welcome!!

Learn About Student Research Opportunities
Available for the 2012-13 Academic Year

Hope to see you there!!


Lowe-Athenaeum Speaker Series Fall 2012

The Lowe Institute and the Athenaeum co-sponsor an economics lecture series to bring distinguished speakers to CMC to discuss important public policy issues. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. Unless noted, all programs begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Athenaeum and end at 8:30 p.m.


Lowe Senior Thesis Writer’s Conference Fall 2012

Do you wonder what to expect from the senior thesis experience?
Are you curious about the topics fellow writers explore in their senior theses?
Date TBA

Please join us for the fall semester Lowe Senior Thesis Writer’s Conference where seniors from the Robert Day School will present their thesis projects and discuss their thesis experiences. The program will include time for questions from student and faculty attendees. We hope to see you there!


2011-12

Lowe-Athenaeum Speaker Series Spring 2012
The Lowe Institute and the Athenaeum co-sponsor an economics lecture series to bring distinguished speakers to CMC to discuss important public policy issues. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. Unless noted, all programs begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Athenaeum and end at 8:30 p.m. For reservations, click here.

March 5, 2012 – Michael Bordo, professor of economics, director, Center for Monetary and Financial History, Rutgers University; co-author, Credibility and the International Monetary Regime: A Historical Perspective (2012) and Theories of International Trade (2006); “Whither the Euro: Some Reflections from the History of Fiscal and Monetary Unions” (12:00 p.m.)

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Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics – April 13, 2012

The Lowe Institute of Political Economy in conjunction with the Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children at Claremont McKenna College would like to invite paper submissions for the third annual Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics (SCCAM). The one-day conference will be held at the Claremont Colleges Friday, April 13, 2012. We encourage paper submissions in all areas of applied microeconomics including environmental economics, experimental economics, labor economics, health economics, population economics, law and economics, urban economics, and public economics. Paper presenters will be paid an honorarium of $300 to cover travel expenses. The Berger and Lowe Institutes will provide a continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The keynote address will be given by Michael Greenstone the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The deadline for paper submissions to the conference is January 31, 2012. The Board Members of the SCCAM will select the papers to be presented at the conference. Please send all paper submissions to The Lowe Institute at Claremont McKenna College at kspetnagel@cmc.edu. We invite paper submissions from all colleges and universities in southern California. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers to the conference. For more information, please contact Professor Heather Antecol at hantecol@cmc.edu.

Supporting Research Institutes:

Marc Weidenmier, Director, Lowe Institute of Political Economy
Claremont McKenna College
Heather Antecol, Director, Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children
Claremont McKenna College

Organizing Committee:
Heather Antecol (CMC)
Kelly Bedard (UC-Santa Barbara)
JR DeShazo (UCLA)
Mireille Jacobson (Rand)
Christopher Carpenter (UC-Irvine)

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Lowe Senior Thesis Writer’s Conference Spring 2012

Do you wonder what to expect from the senior thesis experience?
Are you curious about the topics fellow writers explore in their senior theses?

Tuesday, May 1
5:30 – 7:45 pm
Dinner is served at 6:00 pm
Presentations at 6:30 pm
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
Parents Dining Room

Please join us for the spring semester Lowe Senior Thesis Writer’s Conference where seniors from the Robert Day School will present their thesis projects and discuss their thesis experiences. The program will include time for questions from student and faculty attendees. Professor Janet Smith will MC the event. We hope to see you there!

2009-10

Lowe-Athenaeum Speaker Series Fall 2010

The Lowe Institute and the Athenaeum co-sponsor an economics lecture series to bring distinguished speakers to CMC to discuss important public policy issues. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. Unless noted, all programs begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Athenaeum and end at 8:30 p.m. For reseravations, click here.

Charles Calomiris, Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions, Columbia University School of Business; author, Sustaining India’s Growth Miracle (2008) and China’s Financial Transition at a Crossroads (2007) (12:00 p.m.) Monday, November 1, 2010
Hugh Rockoff, professor of economics, Rutgers University; co-author, History of the American Economy (1990) and author, Drastic Measures: A History of Wage and Price Controls in the United States (1984); “The Wizard of Oz as a Monetary Allegory”. Thursday, November 4, 2010

Martha Bailey, assistant profressor of economics, University of Michigan; research affiliate, National Poverty Center and Population Studies Center; co-author, Did Improvements in Household Technology Cause the Baby Boom? Evidence from Electrification, Appliance Diffusion, and the Amish (2009) and author, Mamma’s Got the Pill: How Anthony Comstock and Griswold v. Connecticut Shaped U.S. Childbearing (2009) Thursday, November 18, 2010

Southern California Applied Microeconomics Conference – April 2010

The one-day conference will be held at the Claremont Colleges Friday, April 16, 2010. We invite paper submissions from all colleges and universities in Southern California. For more information, click here.
2010 Lowe Institute March Madness Game
The Lowe Institute of Political Economy would like to invite all CMC students to participate in its First Annual NCAA Men and Women’s March Madness Tournament Game. The Lowe Institute will hold an information and demonstration session Monday, March 8, 2010 at 8PM to show students how they can build a model to predict games in Excel and participate in the game. If you are not able to make the information session on Monday night and would like to participate in the game, please send Professor Weidenmier an email: mweidenmier@cmc.edu. Looking forward to seeing you Monday!

2010 Lowe Institute March Madness Game

The Lowe Institute of Political Economy would like to invite all CMC students to participate in its First Annual NCAA Men and Women’s March Madness Tournament Game. The Lowe Institute will hold an information and demonstration session Monday, March 8, 2010 at 8PM to show students how they can build a model to predict games in Excel and participate in the game. If you are not able to make the information session on Monday night and would like to participate in the game, please send Professor Weidenmier an email: mweidenmier@cmc.edu. Looking forward to seeing you Monday!

CIVITAS – Spring Schedule 2010

The Lowe Institute of Political Economy and Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World present CIVITAS – a society established to encourage discussion and increase awareness of central issues in economics and politics. CIVITAS will feature several documentaries on political economy during the semester. Each documentary will be followed by a short lecture and discussion with a faculty member.

Lowe-Athenaeum Speaker Series 2009-10

The Lowe Institute and the Athenaeum co-sponsor an economics lecture series to bring distinguished speakers to CMC to discuss important public policy issues. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. Unless noted, all programs begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Athenaeum and end at 8:30 p.m. For reseravations, click here.

Sylvia Ann Hewlett – Founder and President, Center for Work-Life Policy, Director, Gender and Policy Program, Columbia University; author, Top Talent: Keeping Performance Up When Business is Down (2009); Monday, October 5, 2009 – “Making Smart Choices in Life and Work”

Steven Levitt – William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago,Director of the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory; co-author of NY Times Bestseller: “Freakonomics”, co-author of NY Times Freakonomics Blog; “Thursday, October 22, 2009 – “Superfreakonomics”

Gordon Hanson – Professor of Economics; Director, Center on Pacific Economies, U.C. San Diego; “Managing Low Skilled Immigration in the United States” – Thursday, October 29, 2009

Francine D. Blau -Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Labor Economics Cornell University, ILR School and Academic Fellows of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) Keynote Speaker at the Southern California Applied Microeconomics Conference at CMC – April 2010 sponsored by The Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children; “Gender, Source Country Characteristics and Labor Market Assimilation Among Immigrants” – 12:30 pm lunch talk Friday, April 16, 2010

2008-2009

Lowe Athenaeum Speaker Series

Peter Henry, “Great Expectations: The Stock Market, the Washington Consensus, and the Promise of Prosperity in the Developing World”
Thursday, September 25, 2008

Marc D. Weidenmier, Podlich Chair Installation – “To Drill or Not to Drill? Lessons from Brazil for the U.S. Alternative Energy Debate”
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Clifford Gaddy, “Kremlin, Inc.: How Vladimir Putin Runs Russia”
Monday, October 27, 2008

Alan Taylor, “The Financial Crisis 2008”
Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dan Hamermesh, “Beauty in the Labor Market”
Thursday, March 5, 2009

LECG – Employer Presentation

CMC Job Fair 2008-2009

The Lowe Institute will be at the CMC Job Fair on Friday, August 29, 2008 at noon at Collins Dining Hall. Stop by our table to meet the Director, Marc Weidenmier and to find out about student research opportunities at the Institute. Fore more information contact the Lowe Institute: lowe@cmc.edu

COMPASS LEXECON

Capital Group Companies

Capital Group Companies, Inc. is a widely respected investment management organization with 9,000 employees across four continents. The TAP internship is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience, build a network of business relationships, learn from experienced mentors and contribute to our organization on a meaningful level. We offer assignments in a variety of business areas. To learn more about the program, join us for refreshments at our on-campus information session (view invite): Thursday, January 29, 2009, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the CMC Founders Room. Please submit your resume via CMConnect by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 8. For more detailed information on the TAP internship please click here.

Lowe BBQ Fall 2008

The Lowe Institute will host a barbecue on Friday, September 19, 2008 at noon at the picnic area near Green Hall. We encourage all students with an interest in economics to join us for lunch and find out about student research opportunities at the Institute.

SNACK BREAK…Take a break from Exams!

Come enjoy hot spiced cider and assorted cookies
Tuesday, December 16th and Thursday December 18th
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Lowe Institute Lab
Bauer North 322

Lowe Institute Board of Governors Meeting – Spring 2008

The spring meeting of the Lowe Institute Board of Governors is scheduled for Monday, April 13th at 5:30 p.m. at the California Club in Los Angeles. Faculty/Student Research Projects will be prsented.

Lowe BBQ Spring 2009 – New Date!

The Lowe Institute will host our semi-annual on Friday, April 17th, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. at the picnic area near Green Hall. Burgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies and cold drinks are on the menu. We encourage all students with an interest in economics to join us for lunch and find out about upcoming student research opportunities at the Institute.

Lowe Institute Luncheon – Meet n Greet- Summer 2009

The Lowe institute Summer research assistants are invited for pizza and soda on Friday, June 12, 2009 at noon. This is an opportunity to meet the other RA’s at the Lowe Institute who will be working this summer. Please join us!

Lowe BBQ /NOW Lowe LUNCHEON- Fall 2009 ** Location Change **

The Lowe Institute will host a pizza luncheon on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at NOON in the Founder’s Room in Bauer North. Pizza, salad and cold beverages will be served. We encourage all students with an interest in economics to join us for lunch and find out about student research opportunities at the Institute for the 2009-10 academic year.
*Due to the poor air quality caused by the fires, we moved the location indoors and will be serving pizza instead of hamburgers and hot dogs.

2007-2008

Political Economy of International Finance Conference (PEIF)

May 2, 2008