Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Update - Economics for Media Professionals

The Economics for Opinion Leaders – Journalists and Media Professionals seminar scheduled for June 22-23, 2015 has been cancelled.

However, the scheduled presentation by Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College, will be held on June 23 at a working lunch starting at 12:00 noon at the University Club, 924 Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (Tel.: (414) 271-2222).

Professor Zimbalist is one of the nation’s most prominent sports economists. He will be speaking on the costs and benefits of public funding of sports stadiums, including the proposed new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. A question-and-answer session will follow.

If you are interested in attending Professor Zimbalist’s presentation, please contact Stephanie Czosnek at (414) 221-9785 or at

Andrew Zimbalist is the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. He earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has been in the economics department at Smith College since 1974 and has been a visiting professor at Doshisha University, the University of Geneva and Hamburg University.

Professor Zimbalist has consulted in Latin America for the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Agency for International Development and numerous companies. He has consulted in the sports industry for players' associations, cities, companies, teams and leagues.

He has published several dozen articles and twenty-two books, including Cuban Political Economy (1988), Comparing Economic Systems (1989), The Cuban Economy: Measurement and Analysis of Socialist Performance (1989), Panama at the Crossroads (1991), Baseball and Billions (1992), Sports, Jobs and Taxes (1997), Unpaid Professionals: Commercialism and Conflict in Big-time College Sports (1999), The Economics of Sport, I & II (2001), May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy (2003), In the Best Interests of Baseball? The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig (2006), The Bottom Line: Observations and Arguments on the Sports Business (2006), Equal Play: Title IX and Social Change (2007), Circling the Bases: Essays on the Challenges and Prospects of the Sports Industry (2010), The International Handbook on the Economics of Mega-Sport Events (2012) and The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball (2014).


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Save the Date for These Exciting Fall Programs!

EconomicsWisconsin is offering three professional development workshops in October and December on economics and personal finance. Mark your calendars for these exciting conferences!

Friday, October 16
9th Annual Get Your Students Pumped Up on Personal Finance and Economics!
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI

This one day conference at Lambeau Field is geared to support K-12 teachers and community outreach educators in learning more about topics relating to personal finance and economics.

Topics include:
  • Debt, Deficits and Entitlements 
  • Credit Reports and Scores 
  • Classroom Mini Economy 
  • American Colonial Economics
  • Insurance Invest Program 
  • High School Economics 

Friday, October 23
The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern
328 Front Street South, Suite 101 | La Crosse, WI 54601

This one-day conference in La Crosse for 6th - 12th grade educators offers engaging presentations on risk and reward. Free Virtual Economics 4.5 USB Drive will be given to each attendee.

Friday, December 4
26th Annual Meeting of the Association of School Economic Teachers (ASET)
Miller Park | Johnson Controls Stadium Club

This one-day conference consists of a series of presentations on global economics geared towards middle and high school teachers. Free Virtual Economics 4.5 USB Drive will be given to each attendee.

More information will be forthcoming and registration will open in August. Please check our website for more information!