Economists Square Off in ‘Debate of the Century’

Economic inequality may be the chief challenge of the young century, but opinions vary widely on how to address unfairness of opportunity in our society. On Tuesday, two gifted exponents of differing views on the subject will face off in what sponsor, The American Enterprise Institute at Swarthmore (AEI), has billed as “debate of the century.”

Unlike this season’s Presidential debates, the event is designed to reinforce Swarthmore’s values of critical thinking and respectful dialogues, said student Cynthia Kim, a member of AEI, the only think-tank policy group on campus.

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At one podium is 1984 Swarthmore alumnus Dr. Kevin Hassett, the James Q. Wilson chair in American politics and culture at AEI, who specializes on tax, energy, budget, fiscal and financial market issues. He was chief economic advisor to the campaigns of George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney.

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Representing the home side is Dr. Mark Kuperberg, Swarthmore economics professor and teacher of popular courses on macroeconomics and expert on public finance and law and economics.

The debate is set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, at the cinema at Lang Performing Arts Center at Swarthmore College. Admission is open to all at no cost. For more information, e-mail

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