On Oct. 26, 2016, an Economics Alumni Panel on “Free Trade and Business at the Border” was presented before an audience of 200 at the Gerdin Business building. Two Economics Department alumni, Thomas Fullerton and Alberto Davila, discussed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), cross-border trade, the border economy, and its impact on labor markets and business.
Fullerton received his Master’s degree at Iowa State (1984) and then went on to get his M.B.A at Wharton and Ph.D at the University of Florida. Fullerton is a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso and holds the Endowed Trade in the Americas Chair in the UTEP College of Business Administration.
Davila received his M.S. (1979) and Ph.D. (1982) at ISU and is Associate Dean and V.F. “Doc” and Gertrude Neuhaus Chair for Entrepreneurship in the Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
This alumni panel was held as part of the Iowa State Economics Colloquia, a series of lectures and events designed to provide stimulating expert commentary for the university community on pressing economic issues. Earlier events featured a student lunch with Victoria Monchuk, economist at the World Bank, lectures by Heidi Shierholz, chief economist, U.S. Department of Labor; Joshua Lerner, Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School; and Paul Collier, director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, advisor to the Strategy and Policy Department of the International Monetary Fund, and advisor to the Africa Region of the World Bank. Speakers addressed such topics as financial instability, world trade and globalization, the future of government service in a world of tight budgets, and economics and the environment.
Upcoming events include a lecture by David Weiman, “Main Street versus Wall Street in Historical Perspective,” scheduled for March 30 2017. Weiman is Alena Wels Hirschorn ‘58 Professor of Economics at Barnard College and faculty director of its innovative Empirical Reasoning Center.
Also upcoming is a panel discussion on regulatory options for water quality with Leroy Hansen, Agricultural Economist, Economic Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture; James Shortle, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics, Pennsylvania State University; and Terry Dinan, Senior Advisor for Congressional Budget Office, Microeconomic Studies Division. Iowa State Emeritus Professor John Miranowski will be the panel moderator.