Are we allowed to cross-register for courses at Brown? It’s too bad that Ec 10 students were stuck taking a midterm on Wednesday, because that day their professor N. Gregory Mankiw was over in Providence delivering a lecture to students there (he managed to fit that in when he’s only scheduled to lecture in his intro economics course about six times this semester).
If he hasn’t decided to join the Brown faculty full-time (whatever “full-time” is), Flyby came up with a list of other places where Mankiw could guest lecture.
1. The Oval Office
Mankiw should feel quite at home here, having already served as an economic advisor to former President George W. Bush, as well as Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. It sounds as though he now has some advice to offer President Obama: According to the Brown Daily Herald, he said Wednesday that he doubts that the U.S. “can substantially reduce health care costs in this economy without significantly reducing the quality of care.” Wait, never mind. Keep him away from the Oval Office.
At Brown, Mankiw also reportedly said that “we have to get China on board” to fight climate change. We recommend sending him there on a mission to convince the Chinese government to help us fight climate change. We’re unsure how his position against a lot of government intervention in markets will be received in China, but we imagine that he must be very persuasive since he somehow manages to get hundreds of eager freshmen to buy his textbook each fall.
3. A gas station