Postponed: Dr. Yandle's Quarterly Economic Update and Public Choice Interpretations

Oct 03, 2013
Rayburn House Office Building B-338

Event Speakers

Bruce Yandle

Distinguished Adjunct Fellow

Unfortunately, with many event resources unavailable due to the government shutdown we must postpone this program. Rescheduling for this program is underway  and this page will be updated once those arrangements have been made. 

At the end of the fiscal year, the economy is still operating below full capacity. There are signs for potential improvement, but there is still some catching up to do.

For an exploration of the economic situation and more, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University invites you to join Dr. Bruce Yandle as he presents a quarterly economic commentary and Public Choice interpretations.

This is a two part presentation:  

  • Part One will focus on the U.S. economy, its performance, ups and downs, and future prospects. Attention will be devoted to labor markets, the low labor market participation rate, the housing recovery, and why we continue to see less than 2% GDP growth when the norm is 3%. 
  • Part Two will develop and apply Public Choice concepts to current issues. Called "politics without romance," Public Choice applies economic logic to political decision making for the sake of explaining how and why things work the way they do instead of how we might want them to work. Applications to be covered include IRS audits, environmental regulation, housing policy, fuel economy standards, and tax reform. Theories to discuss include Bootleggers and Baptists, Stationary Bandits, and the Selectorate theory of politics. 

Space is limited. Please register online for this event.

The event is free and open to all congressional and federal agency staff. This event is not open to the general public. Food will be provided. Due to space constraints, please no interns. Questions? Please contact Erin Connolly, Events Associate, at or (703) 993-9913.