Over the summer, I was asked to be the guest "professor" at the Fraser Institute's online "Ask the Professor" feature for students. What Fraser is trying to do is get some basic economic literacy out on the web, with a free market twist of course, and give interested students the opportunity to interact with the author. In June and July, I posted short (600-800 words) essays on "Prices and Profits" and "Competition and Knowledge." For August, the topic is "Inflation." The interaction takes the form of an online chat with the author for an hour each month. This month's chat is on Friday at 2pm EDT. Those chats have been fun and challenging and are a great opportunity to engage in some "taking economics to the streets" type interaction.
The fine folks at Fraser have asked me to continue on as "The Professor" (pun intended, for those who know my taste in music) throughout the fall. So if you're an undergraduate or a non-economist looking to brush up on your basic economics, check back there each month for a new essay and chat. And remember to support Canadian public policy organizations like Fraser because the best of life's most important things come from Canada - rock and roll, beer, donuts, and hockey.