Greg Ip, U.S. economics editor for The Economist, will give a talk, “The Post-Crisis American Economy,” on Thursday, April 14, at 11 a.m., as the featured speaker in the BB&T Distinguished Lecture, hosted by the Pamplin College of Business.

The talk, at the Inn at Virginia Tech’s Latham Ballroom, is free and open to the public, no tickets required. Free parking is available at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Find more parking information online, or call (540) 231-3200.

Ip, based in Washington, D.C., covers the economy, financial markets, and monetary, fiscal, and regulatory policy. He contributes to The Economist’s blog, “Free Exchange.” He has commented frequently on radio and television, including CNBC, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, and National Public Radio. He is the author of The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World.

He joined The Economist in July 2008 from The Wall Street Journal, where he was most recently chief economics correspondent in Washington. He created the online blog, “Real Time Economics,” at the Journal. A native of Canada, Ip received a bachelor’s degree in economics and journalism from Carleton University.

Featuring two speakers each year, the BB&T Distinguished Lecture Series on Capitalism discusses current issues in business management and government policy, in addition to topics related to capitalism. The series is part of a Pamplin College teaching program to explore the foundations of capitalism and freedom. The program’s courses, undergraduate and graduate, examine alternative economic systems, including socialism and communism, and compare them with the economic solutions offered by free markets. For more information, please contact finance professor and program director Douglas Patterson.

Previous BB&T speakers include syndicated columnist Robert J. Samuelson, Nobel Laureate James M. Buchanan, and Pamplin alumnus and Forbes newsletter editor Vahan Janjigian. The program was established in 2007 in the college’s finance department with a $1 million gift from BB&T Charitable Foundation.



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