SPOKANE, Wash. – Yoram Bauman, Ph.D., who calls himself “the world’s first and only stand-up economist,” will discuss “Comedy, Economics, and Climate Change” at the Gonzaga University School of Business Administration’s Dean’s Business Forum Breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium.
Admission is $15 for the public, $5 for GU students, and includes a 7 a.m. continental breakfast. Register for the event online at www.gonzaga.edu/sbaevents. Students should enter “STUDENT” in the coupon field at the online checkout to receive the discounted price.
Bauman may make a living as a comedian, but he is also an environmental economist involved in the CarbonWA.org effort to bring a revenue-neutral carbon tax to Washington state. Bauman is co-author of the two-volume “Cartoon Introduction to Economics” and the 1998 book “Tax Shift,” which was written with Alan Durning of the Sightline Institute and helped inspire the revenue-neutral carbon tax in British Columbia.
All the revenue from British Columbia’s carbon tax is used to reduce personal and corporate income taxes, producing a tax swap that has reduced carbon emissions in British Columbia and, arguably, boosted economic growth. Bauman is leading an effort to promote a similar tax swap that would reduce the state sales tax by a full percentage point, eliminate the Business and Occupation business tax for manufacturers, and fund the Working Families Sales Tax Rebate.
Bauman lives in Seattle and has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Reed College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington. In 2011 he spent five months in Beijing as a visiting scholar at the University of International Business and Economics.