San Jose State University, Department of Economics
DAVID S. SAURMAN PROVOCATIVE LECTURE SERIES
David R. Henderson
"Making Great Decisions: How Economics Helps"
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Room 225 (Second Floor)
STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ARE ALL WELCOME TO ATTEND.
Decisions, decisions, decisions! From the general, "What subject should I
choose for a major?" to the specific, "Should I open a new franchise at
this location?" the list is endless. Economics, the study of individual
choice, can actually help you to make better decisions. The problem is
that not everyone has time to study economics, and even those who do often
never learn how to apply economic reasoning to their own lives. David
Henderson, co-author of MAKING GREAT DECISIONS IN BUSINESS AND LIFE, will
highlight some of the most important principles of great decision-making
along with true stories of good and bad decisions.
David R. Henderson is a Research Fellow with the Hoover Institution and
Associate Professor of economics at the Graduate School of Business and
Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School. He was previously a
senior economist with President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers. He
wrote THE JOY OF FREEDOM: AN ECONOMIST'S ODYSSEY (2001) and edited THE
FORTUNE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ECONOMICS (1993). In addition to testifying before
committees of the U.S. Congress and appearing on The O'Reilly Factor, the
Jim Lehrer Newshour, CNN, and NPR, Professor Henderson has published over
a hundred articles in such publications as the WALL STREET JOURNAL,
FORTUNE, the RED HERRING, and other major newspapers and magazines.
Following the lecture, students, alumni, faculty, and guests will continue
the discussion at the Tied House, 65 North San Pedro Street, San Jose.
This is an informal, no host gathering where all are welcome.
ABOUT THE DAVID R. SAURMAN PROVOCATIVE LECTURE SERIES: The Department of
Economics invites students, faculty, and the general public to consider
intellectual arguments on controversial topics. Presenters in the
Provocative Lecture Series are noted for their outstanding scholarship and
public speaking ability. This lecture series fosters the tradition of
higher education to challenge ideas and develop critical thinking in an
environment of respect and intellectual discourse. Our goal is for you to
develop the critical thinking skills necessary to reach your own informed
position on controversial issues. We invite you to attend, to relax, to
ponder, and to enjoy the thought process. Obviously the views of the
speakers do not necessarily represent those of the University.