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‘Stand-Up Economist’ Yoram Bauman to Discuss Carbon Tax at Gonzaga Business Forum Nov. 14

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 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 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.

For more information about Bauman, please visit his website. For more information about the event, please contact A.J. Hawk at (509) 313-7036 or via email.

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