George Mason in the News

Posted: December 21, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national and international news coverage George Mason recently received.

Friday, Dec. 15, National Post (Canada)

Sick Senator May Revive GOP Control

“In the coldly calculating environment of Capitol Hill, there is a thin line between behavior motivated by genuine human concern and naked political interest. So with Democratic Senator Tim Johnson clinging to life yesterday after a massive brain hemorrhage and control of Congress hanging in the balance, party leaders chose their words carefully.’Keeping control of the Senate committees would be a huge advantage for the president, and an advantage for the president in a number of policy areas where Democratic control of the committees would effectively stop his agenda,’ said Mark Rozell, a political science professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. So while it may be ‘morbid,’ Mr. Rozell said, ‘Democrats have no choice but to think through what the scenarios are, and how to deal with each possible one.'”

Friday, Dec. 15, Macon Telegraph (Ga.)

Keeping College Students in Macon Will Help City’s Economy, Mercer Students Say

“Keeping college students in Macon and attracting creative minds to the city will help it flourish economically, a group of Mercer University students said Thursday. ‘What a place has to do is realize … that a university is the strongest driver in a creative economy,’ senior Alex Morrison told the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. Morrison said students used ideas from a book by George Mason University professor Richard Florida called ‘The Rise of the Creative Class.’ In the book, Florida writes that people move to cities and create jobs, not the other way around, Morrison said. These people, known as the ‘creative class,’ include software programmers, doctors, lawyers and artists, he said, and they have the most economic buying power.”

Friday, Dec. 15, Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)

A Merger’s Impact on Hopkins

“A merger of Continental and United Airlines could reduce the number of flights out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and, perhaps, eliminate Continental’s hub all together, several airline experts say. But Kenneth Button, who teaches aerospace policy at George Mason University in Virginia, said that just because Cleveland and Chicago are close doesn’t mean one city will lose a hub in a merger. ‘It’s not necessarily proximity that moves a hub, it’s the flow of traffic through an airport,’ he said. Cleveland, he said, is better positioned than overcrowded O’Hare to accept more traffic.”

Saturday, Dec. 23, the Economist (London)

Economics Discovers Its Feelings

“Economics is ‘not a “gay science”,’ wrote Thomas Carlyle in 1849. No, it is ‘a dreary, desolate, and indeed quite abject and distressing one; what we might call, by way of eminence, the dismal science.’ Carlyle was a fine one to talk. He was a brooding curmudgeon who thundered against industry, progress and the young science that sought to explain them. He found economists dismal not for the obvious reasons, such as their dry arithmetic or their gloomy preoccupation with scarcity and subsistence. Instead, he took against them because they were so wedded to the idea of happiness. But as with any argument involving economists, there is more than one side to it. For one thing, many experiences demand a substantial outlay on commodities: horses, hounds and jodhpurs, for example. And as Bryan Caplan [assistant professor of economics], of George Mason University, points out, many trinkets and fripperies themselves provide a stream of experiences.”

Saturday, Dec. 23, the Economist (London)

Happiness (and How to Measure It)

“Having grown at an annual rate of 3.2 percent per head since 2000, the world economy is over halfway toward notching up its best decade ever. If it keeps going at this clip, it will beat both the supposedly idyllic 1950s and the 1960s. Market capitalism, the engine that runs most of the world economy, seems to be doing its job well. But is it? Once upon a time, that job was generally agreed to be to make people better off. Nowadays that’s not so clear. A number of economists, in search of big problems to solve, and politicians, looking for bold promises to make, think that it ought to be doing something else: making people happy. If growth of this kind does not make people happy, stagnation will hardly do the trick. Ossified societies guard positional goods more, not less, jealously. A flourishing economy, on the other hand, creates what biologists call ‘a tangled bank’ of niches, with no clear hierarchy between them. Tyler Cowen [associate professor of economics], of George Mason University, points out that America has more than 3,000 halls of fame, honoring everyone from rock stars and sportsmen to dog mushers, pickle-packers and accountants. In such a society, everyone can hope to come top of his particular monkey troop, even as the people he looks down on count themselves top of a subtly different troop.”

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