Contemporary Economic Policy Issues

Jon Haveman

Course Description

Economics plays a central role in the functioning of every aspect of society. It plays this role primarily through the actions of governments at the federal, state, and local levels. Given the centrality of its role, this course will address a set of prominent policy issues where economics is at their core. We will explore these issues in detail, including their origins as policy matters, the underlying data and evidence, and what policy levers are available to deal with them. The focus will be on what the economics profession collectively understands to be true about the issue. 


  1. US Economic Update
  2. Federal Debt
  3. Monetary Policy
  4. Economic Inequality
  5.  Economic Mobility
  6. Autonomous Vehicles 

About the Instructor

  • Jon Haveman, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the National Economic Education Delegation (NEED). He is a noted California economist, and has been practicing since 2001. He has a reputation for providing audiences with edible economic information that is readily useful in their work and private lives. Prior to starting NEED, Jon was a principal at Marin Economic Consulting, a founding principal at Beacon Economics, and the Director of the Economy Program at the Public Policy Institute of California. He has been a Senior Economist with the President's Council of Economic Advisers, an Economist with the Federal Trade Commission, and held a faculty position in the Business School at Purdue University. Dr. Haveman is an expert on economic policy issues and regularly speaks at events across California. His more than 400 talks have covered a wide range of policy topics. Dr. Haveman holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Upcoming programs presented by Jon Haveman.

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6wk FS462 Jon Haveman Contemporary Economic Policy Issues
Thus., October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm