On the evening of Monday, October 3rd, three AEDE economists and a leading expert from the Columbus business community provided a critical, unbiased, non-partisan economic examination of key themes in this year’s presidential debate at a public event in Thompson Library titled “Economic Analysis of Key Presidential Election Issues.”
Speakers and topics included:
- Mark Partridge, C. William Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy: "Presidential Election 2016 and Its Economic Consequences"
- Ian Sheldon, Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy: "Trade and Jobs: Economic Analysis of Key Presidential Election Issues"
- Joyce Chen, development economist: "Immigration: Economic Impact and Policy Implications"
- Jung Kim, managing director of Research and Business Intelligence at Columbus 2020: "Economic Analysis of Key Presidential Election Issues: The Columbus Region Economic Perspective"
Ben Kanzeg, Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Policy in the Office of Government Affairs at The Ohio State University served as the moderator at the discussion.
As the speakers noted, there has been considerable rhetoric around key issues in the upcoming presidential election, but much less analysis of their potential economic impact.
“As applied economists, our faculty are trained to look at all sides of an issue and draw informed conclusions based on sound economic reasoning,” said Tim Haab, professor and chair of AEDE. “Such unbiased information is often missing from traditional media coverage of election issues but is critical for voters to make informed decisions.”