Policy Pub is a recurring series of brief, plain-language talks by faculty of the college on public policy issues that affect everyone.
David Rasmussen, Dean Emeritus of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and the James H. Gapinski Professor of Economics, will speak on economic inequality, particularly as it applies to retired people.
Policy analysts predict rising poverty among future retirees because Social Security cannot sustain its benefits and budgets will be strained by rising medical costs. In fact, the situation is much worse. Trends in economic inequality will further erode the well-being of people turning 65 in the future.
After the brief talk, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in dialogue on the topic.
Over his career Professor Rasmussen’s scholarly research and policy evaluation studies have addressed important public policy questions, including economics of discrimination, urban and regional economic development, the economics of crime and substance abuse policy, and housing economics.
Professor Rasmussen has written (or co-authored) five books and published over 75 articles in leading professional journals.Policy
Pubs take place in a relaxed social atmosphere. They are free and open to the general public. No experience or prior knowledge is required.
Tuesday, March 20 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Backwoods Bistro 401 E. Tennessee St.