Archives for January 2017

Bowdoin Economist Meardon Offers Thoughts on Proposed Border Tax

Stephen Meardon

Associate Professor of Economics Stephen Meardon, on leave from Bowdoin this academic year, has temporarily assumed the directorship of the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade at Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

Meardon has been examining the issues at play with the proposed 20 percent border tax on Mexican imports and offers his insights. Read more in Bowdoin News.

‘This Semester We’re Excited About….’

When we walked through the Smith Union recently, asking students about what they’re most looking forward to this semester, many spoke about eagerly anticipated classes.

Go here to read more about their classes.

The Decline of the Urban Center: Global Challenges to City Demographics (Brookings Institute)

Globally, urban centers have experienced hits to economic growth, due to aging populations, declines in fertility rates, and lower migrations to cities.

The Brookings Institute compares the US, Western Europe, and Japan in order to discern the causes and consequences of urban demographic change.

Between 2000 and 2015, the populations of the world’s largest cities declined 6 percent. City populations are expected to decline another 17 percent in the next decade.

The report reveals the US to be in a superior demographic position to either Japan or Western Europe, due to its higher fertility rate and greater migration. Read more.


‘Monopoly Pioneer’ John D. Rockefeller: The Richest Person to Ever Live (Smithsonian)

The Smithsonian names John D. Rockefeller as the richest person to ever live.

In 1870, Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil, which would grow to become the the largest oil company in the United States.

Rockefeller’s cutthroat tactics led to his unpopularity—as well as to modern anti-monopoly laws. Yet, he was also the biggest philanthropist to ever live. Read more.