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Racial and ethnic gaps topic of economics lecture

Jan. 18, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A visiting scholar from Princeton University will address racial and ethnic gaps on academic achievement during an economics presentation Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Cecilia Elena Rouse is the Theodore A. Wells Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton. Her free public lecture, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 2304 of Sangren Hall, is titled "Racial and Ethnic Gaps in Academic Achievements: What Do We Know? What Can We Do?"

Rouse is currently director of Princeton's Industrial Relations Section and is the founding director of the Education Research Section. Her expertise is in labor economics with a focus on the economics of education. Her current research evaluates Florida's school accountability program, the use of technology-based programs in schools and the impact of student loans on post-college occupational choices.

Rouse has published in major journals in her field including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Labor Economics. She is an editor at the Journal of Labor Economics and a senior editor of Future of Children. She served as a special assistant to the president of the United States from 1998 to 1999 and received her doctorate from Harvard University in 1992.

Her lecture is sponsored by the WMU Department of Economics and supported by the University Visiting Scholars & Artists Program. For more information, call the Department of Economics at (269) 387-5535 or contact Dr. Sisay Asefa at sisay.asefa@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5560.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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