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Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento

April 5, 2004

CSUS takes a look at the ‘Economic Eye’

California State University, Sacramento economists invite the community to learn how unseen forces of market and finance shape human behavior—from street gangs to sumo wrestlers—in unexpected ways at a free panel discussion, Wednesday, April 14, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the University Union Hinde Auditorium.

“Economic Eye for the Lay Guy: A Total Makeover of Your Economic Perspective” will bring together five CSUS professors from the University’s College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies in the college’s spring colloquium.

“People are going to see that economics is everywhere in everyday decision making,” said Jonathan Kaplan, professor of economics and panel moderator. “We can use economics to explain why people are doing what they are doing.”

That includes criminal behavior. Economist Jessica Howell will explain how street gangs use the same economic principles that Fortune 500 companies do.

“The incentives that drive corporations are going to drive any corporation,” Kaplan said, noting that includes criminal corporations.

In addition, Sean Corcoran will talk about the economics of sumo wrestling, while Stephen Perez will look at its impact in sports. Stephan Kroll will examine family altruism and the effect of beauty in the classroom.

“Economics is a social science that tries to explain human activity,” Perez said. “People see it in use everyday and never think about it.”

For more information, call (916) 278-6223. Media assistance is available from CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.

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California State University, Sacramento • Public Affairs
6000 J Street • Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 • (916) 278-6156 • infodesk@csus.edu