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April 9: Economics Lecture by Visiting Professor

"Value of American College Education" to be discussed by national expert.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-1-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Richard K. Vedder, a distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University, will give a lecture on the value of a college education at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Vedder’s lecture, titled “The Value of an American College Education: Student Engagement, Retention, and Success,” is free and open to the public and is part of an Annual Economics Lecture Series at Minnesota State Mankato.

Vedder is also director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He served as a member of former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling’s Commission of the Future of Higher Education, and has written widely on American economic history. Vedder earned a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Illinois after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

He has authored such books as “Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America,” “The American Economy in Historical Perspective” and “Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much.” Vedder is also the author of numerous scholarly papers for journals in economics and public policy, as well as shorter pieces for the popular press including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The American Enterprise, CATO Journal and Forbes.

Vedder’s lecture is sponsored by the Kappa Chapter of Minnesota of Omicron Delta Epsilon and the International Economics Honor Society, along with the Department of Economics, the Economics Club, and the College Republicans.

For more information on this event, please contact Mathew Malvin by phone at 507-351-8916 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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