February 15, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy will host the panel discussion, "The Jobless Recovery — Economic Causes, Social Effects and Political Responses," on Tuesday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The panel will include Bucknell faculty —Greg Krohn, associate professor of economics; Scott Meinke, associate professor of political science; and Carl Milofsky, professor of sociology — as well as Stephen Herzenberg, Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg; and Melodie Russell, Campbell Street Family Youth and Community Association in Williamsport.

More than 7 million jobs have been lost nationwide over the last two years, a period dubbed the "Great Recession." Even as economic activity begins to recover, job creation is lagging behind, raising the concern that the United States will experience a jobless recovery.

Questions to be explored by the panel include: What are the economic and social effects of these current hard times? When will job growth finally outpace job loss? What are the prospects for a new federal stimulus program? What can states, communities, and individuals do to cope with the many ill effects of unemployment?

The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy seeks to provide enriching educational opportunities to the Bucknell community which draw on the talents and skills of Bucknell faculty who share a deep interest in and commitment to the academic study of public policy.

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