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How a Scrappy Band of Hoosiers Is Fighting for Clean Energy

Contributed by: Barb Stedman
Published: Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:00 PM
Living Lightly Presents:
How a Scrappy Band of Hoosiers Is Fighting for Clean Energy


At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30, in room 104 of Bracken Library, Jodi Perras – Indiana Representative for Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign – will speak about the fight for solar and wind power and energy efficiency in Indiana, explain how these issues affect Muncie and suggest ways in which citizens can get involved.

Perras’s appearance is sponsored by Living Lightly, which will hold its annual sustainable living fair on Saturday, September 19.
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Research Colloquium | The Effects of Tobacco Control Policies on Tobacco Products, Tar, and Nicotine Consumption: Evidence from Household Panel Data

Contributed by: Jennifer Keever
Published: Tuesday, 24 March 2015 8:30 AM
Miller College Research Colloquium

The Effects of Tobacco Control Policies on Tobacco Products, Tar, and Nicotine Consumption: Evidence from Household Panel Data

12:00-1:30 p.m., Monday, April 6th, 2015
Whitinger Building room 145, Hall of Fame Conference Room

RVSP before March 27th to bizdean@bsu.edu

Presented by Erik Nesson
Assistant Professor of Economics

The Effects of Tobacco Control Policies on Tobacco Products, Tar, and Nicotine Consumption: Evidence from Household Panel Data
We use the Nielsen Homescan Consumer Panel (NHCP) to estimate the effects of tobacco control policies on purchases of tobacco-related products using within-household variation. We also match 91% of cigarette product purchases in the NHCP to tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide contents from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Surveys. Higher cigarette taxes reduce the number of cigarettes households purchase, but households also purchase cigarettes with higher tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide contents. Contrary to previous findings, this effect is overwhelmed by the reduction in cigarettes purchased. Neither smoke free air laws nor smokeless tobacco taxes affect tobacco product purchases.

About Erik Nesson
Erik Nesson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University. He earned his PhD in Economics from Emory University in 2012. His research interests include the economics of risky behaviors, the measurement of health, health inequality, and the relationship between health and socioeconomic status. His research has appeared in Health Economics, Economics and Human Biology, and the German Economic Review.

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2015 OEE Colloquia

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:00 AM
The Office of Educational Excellence is pleased to announce its 2015 Colloquia highlighting the previous year’s award winners for Ball State’s Excellence in Teaching Award and Creative Teaching Grant. During the presentation, the award recipient discusses his/her enhanced course or grant project.



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African-American BSU graduates needed for Oral History Project

Contributed by: Megan Fizer
Published: Monday, 09 March 2015 5:00 PM
In the lead-up to Ball State's centenary celebration in 2018, students in Dr. Michael Doyle's Oral History Workshop immersive-learning course will be conducting interviews later this month with selected members of the Black Alumni Constituent Society or other African-Americans who earned their degree(s) from the University between 1950 and 2000. Learn more.

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