An economic take on scholarly success

Mon, Oct 20, 2014

Surrey, B.C. – What does it take to be a successful scholar?

Come to Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) this Wednesday, and one will tell you.

In a special edition of KPU’s Economics Café, internationally recognized social scientist Dr. Douglas Allen will offer an economist’s perspective on what achieving scholarly success means, and what is involved in getting there.

Dr. Allen has authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles. The most recent of his six published books, The Institutional Revolution: Measurement and the Emergence of the Modern World, won the 2014 Douglass C. North (Nobel Laureate) Book Prize.

The engaging and insightful talk is open to students, faculty and the general public. After a 20-minute dialogue, Dr. Allen will answer audience questions for 40 minutes.

Since 2012, KPU’s Economics Café has hosted talks that shed an economic light on popular, pressing and prominent topics. Past discussions have focused on the economics of beer, the central bank’s relevance in a modern world, the economics of bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, and why Canadians should be concerned about the economics of their healthcare system.

For more information, visit:

KPU Economics Café – “What it takes to be a successful scholar: The perspective of an economist”
WHERE: Fir Building room 124, KPU Surrey, 12666 72nd Ave.
WHEN: 4 p.m.-5p.m.

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