Who: Economics professor William T. Alpert
room 107 C in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University
When:Tuesday January 26th at 7PM
This is a free public meeting in which all inventors, tinkerers and “would-be” inventors are welcome.


IACT is pleased to announce Professor William Alpert as its guest speaker for its January 26, 2010 meeting. Mr. Alpert is an associate professor of economics at UCONN, a writer whose work has been cited in many major publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal concerning a wide variety of economic issues, a business manager, a guest speaker for numerous business events and has made television appearances including the Today Show on various economics topics. Bill will discuss "The American Economy -- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow". He will review how the American Economy arrived at its current state today, offer his best estimates as to where the American Economy is presently, and then advance his views to address what the likely course of the economy will be going forward. This is a timely topic for IACT’s first meeting of the New Year.


William T. Alpert joined the Economics Faculty of the University of Connecticut in the fall of 1983 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Economics (with tenure) in 1987.  He is also managing partner of FIDES, Philanthropic Management and Advisory Services, LLC, a firm which he co-founded in 1997.  In 1987 he began service with the William H. Donner Foundation as Senior Program Officer and served in that capacity until being named Special Advisor to the Foundation to oversee a major transformation in governance and grantmaking at the Foundation in January, 1999. 

He publishes widely in his field of labor economics, and his research has received attention both among academics and in the public policy arena. He has, for example, been called upon to discuss his research on family and medical leave on the Today Show and several other television programs. His work has also been cited in many major publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He is widely consulted by both print and broadcast journalists on a wide variety of economic questions.  He also is Executive Director of the Connecticut Council on Economic Education and Director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Connecticut.  He serves on several not-for-profit boards of directors usually as Secretary/Treasurer. 

Prior to his appointment at the University of Connecticut Mr. Alpert taught at Lehigh University (1981-83), Washington University, St. Louis, (1977-81), and Columbia University (1973-77). He has directed a successful academic center and developed several university programs.

Mr. Alpert served as associate producer of several television programs, including Firing Line. He has testified before legislative bodies at the state and local levels, was a founding member and, second chairman of the Water Pollution Control Authority in Bridgeport, CT and is currently a member of the CT State Advisory Commission to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  Mr. Alpert earned his Ph.D. M. Phil. and MA degrees in Economics from Columbia University and his AB from Lehigh University.

Some of his past publications are listed here: http://www.econ.uconn.edu/Faculty/alpert/alpert.htm 

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