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Does education make for happier, more productive workers?

Feb. 12, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Does your education level make you and your co-workers more productive on the job? An economics and public policy researcher believes it does.

Dr. Robert Haveman, professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will present "Social and Nonmarket Benefits from Education in an Advanced Economy," at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall on the Western Michigan University campus.

Haveman is the past president of the International Institute of Public Finance and has also been co-editor of the American Economic Review. He has written numerous articles on environmental policy, natural resources, poverty and social policy and recently released the book, "Starting Even: An Equal Opportunity Program to Combat the Nation's New Poverty."

The lecture is part of the Werner Sichel Lecture-Seminar Series, which is sponsored by the Department of Economics. All presentations take place at 3 p.m. in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall and are free and open to the public. Other topics and presenters in the series include:

"Automobiles in 2020: Alternatives Fuels and Propulsion Systems," Dr. Lester B. Lave, Carnegie-Mellon University, Wednesday, March 12; and

"Unsolved Problems in Methods of Revealed Preference," Dr. Kenneth E. McConnell, University of Maryland, Wednesday, April 9.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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