February 19, 2010
Indiana Retrospective


L: Me. R: 2009 Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom.

At the invitation of The Perfect Substitute's Justin Ross, I had the honor of visiting Indiana University earlier this week. I had the pleasure of presenting a paper at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis before giving a speech on Walmart at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

The trip was amazing, and I was especially thrilled to visit the Workshop. The Tocqueville Room at the Workshop is one of the best seminar spaces I've ever been in. It had a very comfortable, lived-in feel, there was a lot of cool Ostrom memorabilia on the walls, the technology worked flawlessly, it was well-lit, and they had an urn of hot coffee ready to go for the seminar. The seminar participants were enthusiastic and energetic, and they asked a lot of fantastic questions that will improve our paper considerably.

The SPEA/Walmart audience was also enthusiastic, and the Tavis Smiley Atrium (where I gave the talk) was also a very good presentation space. Again, the projection technology worked flawlessly. Students asked a lot of very good questions, and I got to meet DOL reader Chris Ashbaugh, who made a special trip to IU just for the talk.

I'm headed to St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY next week to reprise my Walmart talk and speak to an economic history class about the Civil War and Reconstruction, and then I'll be off the road until APEE in April. Blogging will probably be ultra-light as I try to finish some of the projects I'm working on. Anyway, thanks again to Justin for putting together a great visit to IU.

Posted by Art Carden at 04:44 PM in Economics

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