George Mason in the News

Posted: October 7, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Thursday, Sept. 29, Wichita Business Journal

Nobel Laureate to Speak at Friends Thursday

“Economics professor Vernon Smith will present a free lecture on ‘Globalization and Kansas’ Thursday night at Friends University. Smith, who is professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., says part of his lecture will focus on specialization and exchange systems and how they apply to Kansas. ‘I think Kansans have to ask themselves what are the impediments for being a great exporter, something besides wheat,’ he says.”

Friday, Sept. 30, Kansas City Star

Alcohol Violations Threaten Longtime KU Student Hangout

“The Hawk has served beer to University of Kansas students since 1919, but now allegations that employees served underage patrons could cost it its alcohol license. The bar at 1340 Ohio has been cited 18 times in the past three years for serving alcohol to those who cannot legally consume it. Targeting fake IDs is a laudable goal, according to David Anderson, a health professor at George Mason University who studies drinking on college campuses. But he said minors in search of alcohol will find it — whether it’s in a bar, at a fraternity party or in a basement. ‘Will checking ID make a difference? Yes. Is it enough? No,’ Anderson said. ‘The bottom line is that the responsibility to deal with underage drinking is a shared responsibility of law enforcement, lawmakers, parents, educators and the minors as well.’”

Friday, Sept. 30, Business Day

The D-word That Spells Wealth

“If SA (South Africa) wants to become globally competitive, it will have to catch the trend and embrace the d-word: design. We live in a creative age in which creativity, creative energy and creative work are rising economic forces. Consider this: ‘creativity is the most important source of wealth in the modern world’ This is according to Prof. Richard Florida of George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. In his two recent books, ‘The Rise of the Creative Class’ (2002) and ‘The Flight of the Creative Class’ (2005), he has started to articulate the economic value of the creative industry by arguing that countries and cities must embrace and grow what he calls the ‘creative class’.”

Saturday, Oct. 1, Washington Post

Kaine, Potts Miles Apart on Funding

“Two of Virginia’s three gubernatorial candidates clash over how to fund transportation and higher education yesterday at George Mason University. It was the third debate between Democrat Timothy M. Kaine, the lieutenant governor, and H. Russell Potts Jr., a Republican senator from Winchester who is running as an independent. Republican candidate Jerry W. Kilgore was invited to attend but declined.”

Sunday, Oct. 2, MSNBC

Job Growth in Buffalo Trails 75 Percent of Nation

“A positive score on ACBJ’s scale indicates that a labor market is healthy, while a negative number signifies sluggishness. The major-market scores range from Las Vegas’ plus-25.36 to Detroit’s minus-13.18. Buffalo’s score is minus-3.07. Washington, D.C. which is No. 3 in ACBJ’s rankings, added the most jobs during the past year, 78,400. ‘The reason is federal procurement spending. That’s what’s driving job growth here,’ says Stephen Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. The federal government annually purchases roughly $50 billion of goods and services from more than 11,500 businesses in the Washington area. That spending has been growing by $6 billion per year because of the government’s increased needs for homeland-security help. ‘That’s a large bunch of firms (involved in federal contracting),’ says Fuller. ‘And they all have a bunch of suppliers for everything from their water coolers to their Xerox machines. So there’s a strong ripple effect throughout the economy here.’”

Monday, Oct. 3, New York Times

A Time for Some Well-Placed Greed

“Houses and schools should be rebuilt there before the rest of the country spiffs up its yards. A new deck can wait a year. A destroyed home cannot. Fortunately, the economy has a system for persuading the rest of us to step aside and let New Orleans have the lumber. You’ve probably heard of it. It’s called price gouging. You could outlaw all price increases – not just those insidious ones that happen on the same day – but that would risk long gas lines, because demand would not change with supply. ‘In all these situations, there’s not enough to go around,’ Russell Roberts, an economist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., said. ‘The question is who should get it.’”

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