Economics Workshop

The Friday Afternoon Workshops offer an opportunity for faculty and students to enjoy academic research presentations by scholars from around the world in their areas of expertise. Papers being presented are available for review prior to the workshop on our web site.

Following most workshop events, the Barstool Economists group meets at a local eatery, where the discussions with the speaker can be continued in a less formal environment. The workshops are open to all SJSU students, Faculty and invited guests. 

Spring 2018 Schedule

Thursday, March 8, 2018  |  DMH 347  |  3:30-5:00pm
Todd M. Nesbit, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Ball State University
flyer (pdf)

"Challenges of Taxation Designed For Your Own Good"
Proponents of sin taxes often claim that such taxes will fund projects that promote the
public well-being and help curb unhealthy and undesirable behavior. Yet sin taxes often
represent inefficient public policy and may lead to a host of ill effects and unintended
consequences that not only fail to improve public well-being but also disproportionately
hurt the poor. In this talk, Dr. Nesbit explores the failures of sin taxation to fulfill the
promises of their proponents and discusses potential solutions to improving the tax code
as it relates to selective taxation.

Bio: Todd Nesbit is an assistant professor of economics at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, and is on the Board of Scholars at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He earned his PhD in economics at West Virginia University in 2005. Much of Dr. Nesbit's academic research is centered on the secondary and unintended effects of excise taxation, although he has also published on topics related to the economics of sports. He has authored numerous papers that have appeared in such peer-reviewed professional journals as the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Southern Economic Journal, and Public Budgeting and Finance. Dr. Nesbit is the co-editor of the recently released book For Your Own Good: Taxes, Paternalism, and Fiscal Discrimination in the Twenty-First Century.

Op-Ed Workshop

Do you have interest in convincing others of your opinion on a current issue?

Friday, March 9, 2018  |  DMH 149A  |  10:00am-12:00pm
Todd M. Nesbit, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Ball State University
flyer (pdf)

Learn how to convince others more effectively at this special workshop offered by Dr. Todd Nesbit. In this workshop, Dr. Nesbit will cover the fine art of writing an op-ed for a print or online publication. In addition, he will cover how to:
• structure your argument
• create your 'hook'
• time your submission
• format for the specific publication
• earn $150 for publishing an Op-Ed in the Spartan Daily


Previous Workshop Schedules