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Making the Case for the Need for Economic and Financial Literacy Education in the Classroom.   Despite the recognition that economic and financial literacy is critical to succeed in modern society, study after study shows that many Americans continue to lack even a basic understanding of economic and financial concepts, and the consequences on Americans’ […]

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The Economic Contribution of Grizzly Athletics

The entire spectrum of ways in which University of Montana’s intercollegiate athletic activities – Grizzly Athletics – enrich and expand the economy of Missoula is broad. Intercollegiate sports in general, and the University of Montana’s sports programs in particular, have grown in popularity, impact and visibility. While those programs have always been aimed at providing […]

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Poverty & Policy

Understanding the causes, consequences and current programs to address poverty in Montana and the United States.   April 7, 2017 – MSU This one-day public conference will bring together researchers, policy makers and advocates to share insights about policies and programs designed to alleviate poverty, with a particular focus on healthcare, nutrition, work and assistance, […]

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Sports Economics: To Build or Not to Build

Essential Question: Why did the Atlanta Falcons and the City of Atlanta partner to build a new $1.4 billion dollar retractable-roof stadium? On September 30, 2013 the Atlanta Falcons, the City of Atlanta, and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority announced they had officially selected a site for a new retractable-roof stadium. The site, just […]

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Mexico and China Are Very Different Trading Partners

With free trade under fire from the incoming administration and under question from many other quarters, it is U.S. trade relations with China and Mexico that have been getting the most attention and criticism. That makes sense, given that those are two of this country’s three biggest trading partners — and the third is Canada, which is hard to get […]

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Fed Hikes Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday decided to raise its benchmark interest rate, as expected, and upped its expectation for the number of rate hikes in 2017. This move, which markets saw a 100% probability of, will increase the target of the federal funds rate — which banks use to lend to each other overnight — […]

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