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Former LSU Professor Robert Martin to Outline Reasons for Rising Cost of Higher Education

10/13/2011 11:35 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Department of Economics will host Robert Martin, Boles Professor Emeritus of Economics at Centre College, in a public lecture on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m. in Lockett Room 9.


Martin will give a presentation titled “The College Disease: Higher Cost and Lower Quality,” in which he will discuss the reasons behind rising costs of higher education. Among the questions Martin will answer are why college education cost too much, why we must do something about that and why this is good news for higher education.


Author of “Cost Control, College Access, and Competition in Higher Education” and “The College Cost Disease: Higher Cost and Lower Quality,” Martin was a professor in LSU’s Department of Economics in the 1980s and 1990s.


According to LSU Department of Economics Chair Robert Newman, Martin has a strong connection to LSU.


“He taught graduate microeconomic theory in our department from 1979 to 1992, and his wife served in LSU’s Computer Science Department before she passed away in 1990,” Newman said.


Martin’s book, “The College Cost Disease: Higher Cost and Lower Quality,” can be previewed at  


Chancellor Michael Martin and Dean Eli Jones are both expected to attend the event.


The Department of Economics at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers courses that provide undergraduate and graduate students an intellectual challenge and strong analytic training and the tools to address the economic and social problems faced both domestically and internationally. The faculty’s dedication to quality teaching and research is reflected by numerous awards received and peer-reviewed scholarly articles published in high-quality economic journals. The Journal of Labor Research and the Journal of Macroeconomics, two highly regarded academic journals, are edited within the department. For more information, visit or call 225-578-5211.

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