Economics is at the heart of most important public policy issues. Confronting these critical issues requires that leaders and citizens at nearly every level of society understand the relevant economic context and content. Issues range from gas prices, health care, education to immigration.
Economics is all about dealing with unlimited needs of a society chasing limited resources. The Communications Institute economics programs examine current and recent developments in macroeconomic policy, with a strong focus on the application of the tools of macroeconomics to understanding the role of government fiscal policy and monetary policy.
The increasing internationalization of the world’s economies also brings issues of international trade and finance to the fore. Indeed, a major challenge of leaders today is to explain to the public the implications of the internationalization that is now felt throughout even the most “local” of markets and has been the focus of debates over limiting the outsourcing of manufacturing.
In the context of our increasingly globalized economy, TCI programs introduce participants to issues of inflation, unemployment, and the role of financial markets. Participants will become familiar with relevant analytic frameworks and institutions through which economic policy is conducted. Experts will present the latest economic data and discuss the key policy debates.
The Communications Institute is conducting a multi-faceted project focused on heightening understanding of economics for policymakers, journalists, and leaders from all sectors. With the partnership of the Thomas R. Brown Foundations, the Institute has conducted a major economics project in the state of Arizona to help the state cope with critical problems while developing a prototype for other programs.
TCI economics project have included several research studies and many conferences and even executive educational level programs for state legislators and journalists. These programs have focused on state fiscal management, immigration, energy, and sustainable growth and land use.