Tag: Economics

In the news: Nesslein offers take for story on minimum wage protests

Associate Prof. Tom Nesslein, Urban and Regional Studies (Economics) spoke Thursday (Dec. 5) about nationwide protests on the minimum wage, offering an economist’s perspective for interviews with NBC 26 and WBAY, Channel 2. Were the minimum wage to increase as protesters have demanded, employers would have few options on how to react, Nesslein said. “They can adjust basically two ways — they could cut jobs or they could cut hours,” Nesslein said, adding that customers might also feel the pinch. “They may try to adjust by raising, pushing prices forward — raise the price of goods,” Nesslein said. You can check out the stories, here:
NBC 26
WBAY, Channel 2

Congratulations to Max Scheuer, Class of 2010

Max Scheuer, a 2010 Economics and Business Administration major, has been named the 2012 Young Professional of the Year by the Manitowoc County Chamber of Commerce. (He was also a panelist for during Business Week 2013 and recently featured in The Business News.) Our alumni records indicate Scheuer is employed as a business banking officer at Bank First National, Manitowoc.

Nesslein, student talk minimum wage for Press-Gazette front page

Economics Prof. Thomas Nesslein — and a UW-Green Bay student — helped offer some context on President Obama’s minimum wage proposal for a front-page story in Tuesday’s (March 5) Green Bay Press-Gazette. Just one in 11 minimum wage workers is the head of a household, and an increase of the type Obama is proposing would have little effect on poverty levels, Nesslein said. “It’s really kind of sad that it’s not effective,” he told reporter Maria Amante. “People focus on the wrong issue. If you raise the minimum wage above the going market wage, the lowest productivity workers will lose their jobs or have hours cut back.” Amante also spoke with student Tierany Rugg, who said a larger paycheck wouldn’t equate to more bang for her buck. “Minimum wage goes up, gas goes up, groceries go up,” Rugg said, “…the cost of living would be increased.” Full story.

Teaching Scholars: Blaney, Himmelheber, Huh, Lowery, Medland, Saxton-Ruiz

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) congratulates the 2012-2013 Teaching Scholars!  Co-directors of the program, Profs. Angie Bauer and David Voelker, have announced their selections for this year. Each scholar will investigate a teaching issue and present their findings to the campus.

The participants and a brief summary of their projects:

Dallas Blaney, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, plans to develop assessment methods that are ongoing, reflexive, and adapt to students’ needs as they study developing-country issues;

Sarah Himmelheber, a new assistant professor of Social Work, will investigate the impact of service learning project structure on student learning. She will also seek to determine how project structure affects the formation and strengthening of community relationships;

Yunsun Huh, assistant professor of Democracy and Justice Studies and Economics, will develop and assess methods to increase students’ engagement and decrease their anxiety in math-oriented classes such as Microeconomics;

Vince Lowery, assistant professor of Humanistic Studies and History, plans to develop and assess strategies for teaching students to think historically in Introduction to African American Studies (History 207);

Vicki Medland, associate director of the Cofrin Arboretum and an adjunct faculty member in Natural and Applied Sciences, intends to develop novel structures for stimulating meaningful online asynchronous discussions among students;

Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz, assistant professor of Humanistic Studies and Spanish, plans to develop and assess methods for creating a student-centered classroom in survey courses (specifically, Spanish 258 — Cultures of America).

Dignitaries, others visit Tuesday to kick off Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week Wisconsin, the fourth annual statewide financial literacy campaign, kicks off at UW-Green Bay on Tuesday (Oct. 13). The University’s Students in Free Enterprise chapter is again hosting the kickoff event, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. The honorary chairperson this year is state Sen. Dave Hansen. Two scholarships will awarded to local “Money Smart Kids,” and brief remarks will be made by the chair of the Governor’s Council of Financial Literacy, Dave Mancl, by Nancy Schopf of the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce and by Bobbie Lison of Catholic Charities. Also part of Tuesday’s program will be an hour-long presentation on “The M Word: An Honest Conversation about Money.” It’s being billed as a “don’t-miss” event, according to SIFE adviser Prof. John Stoll.

Ward named to UW task force

Former interim chancellor David Ward is still a force for good and higher education, just with a different title. UW System President Kevin P. Reilly announced last week at the Board of Regents meeting the formation of a new UW System Task Force on Internationalization and Economic Development. The group will be headed by Ward, chief executive officer of NorthStar Economics, and Gilles Bousquet, dean of the Division of International Studies at UW-Madison.