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March 23, 2006

Leading Education Economist Ronald Ehrenberg To Speak April 5 At UI

On Wednesday, April 5, Professor Ronald G. Ehrenberg, the Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics at Cornell University and one of the nation's foremost experts on the economics of education, will present the 2006 Howard Bowen Lecture at the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business. 

The talk, titled "The Perfect Storm and the Privatization of Public Higher Education," will take place in the MidAmerican Energy Colloquium, Room W401, of the John Pappajohn Business Building (PBB) beginning at 3:30 p.m. Following the talk, there will be a reception in the Andersen Galleria, Room W101, PBB.

Ehrenberg is the author of "Tuition Rising: Why College Costs So Much" (Harvard University Press, 2000), which received acclaim as a critical examination of rising costs in the American higher education system.

Ehrenberg is director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, which provides a vehicle for interdisciplinary research on higher education at Cornell. From 1995 to 1998, he served as Cornell's Vice President for Academic Programs, Planning and Budgeting.

Ehrenberg received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harpur College (SUNY Binghamton) in 1966 and a doctorate in economics from Northwestern University in 1970. A member of the Cornell faculty for 31 years, he has authored or co-authored over 120 papers and authored or edited 20 books. A noted labor economist, his recent research has focused on higher education issues.

He is a co-author of the leading textbook, "Modern Labor Economics: Theory and Public Policy" (8th ed.), and is the editor of "American University: National Treasure or Endangered Species" and "Governing Academia." He also is the editor of a forthcoming book "What's Happening to Public Higher Education?" and co-editor of Science and the University, also forthcoming. He has served, or is serving, on several editorial boards and as a consultant to numerous governmental agencies and commissions and university and private research corporations.

The Bowen Lecture, established by the Tippie College in 1986 to honor former UI president and renowned economist Howard R. Bowen, provides a platform for individuals who demonstrate the distinction, thoughtfulness, and originality of Howard Bowen to address important issues facing our society.

The talk is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is encouraged. Interested parties should RSVP by Wednesday, March 29, to Matsalyn Brown at 335-0866 or To learn more about Professor Ehrenberg and his work, visit

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