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Economists to Offer Insight into the Economic Crisis During Live Webcast

March 3, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As the world financial crisis deepens and the economic downtown continues, Ohio State University Extension economists will offer insight on policy decisions, U.S. international relations and rural/urban economies during a live Webcast on March 17.


"Economic Crisis and Policy Options" will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon. Local officials, business leaders, policymakers and other interested individuals are invited to register for the program. Registration is $25, payable online by March 15.

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and Ohio State University Extension are hosting the event.

"As America moves beyond mere discussion of the world financial crisis and severe economic downturn, policy proposals and decisions are flying left and right," said Stan Ernst, OSU Extension program leader. "Two premier policy economists present their analyses of the implications on our world position and on the relationship between rural and urban domestic economies."

Participants will have the opportunity to call in or e-mail questions after the presentations.

Ian Sheldon, Andersons Professor of International Trade, will discuss "The Global Financial Crisis: To Regulate or Not to Regulate?" He'll be followed by Mark Partridge, C. William Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy, on "The Policy We Choose: Bad or Worse for the Economy?"

To register, log on to, and follow the instructions. A broadband Internet connection of 500 K or greater and a Web browser is required to participate in the Web cast.

For more information, contact Stan Ernst at (614) 292-6421 or e-mail


Candace Pollock
Stan Ernst