SOURCE: Pearson

February 26, 2010 09:26 ET

Economic Insiders Wanted: Some Moving and Shaking Required

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 26, 2010) - Attention, class: Here's some economic stimulus for you. Pearson (NYSE: PSO) is searching for tomorrow's economics movers and shakers who are willing to make their voices heard for the 2010 National Economics Insider Symposium Contest. The contest is open to all students who want to get down to business and are currently enrolled in an economics course.

Pearson, a global leader in education, technology and services, is a partner in education with many of the world's leading economic authorities, including Paul Krugman of Princeton University, recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics; Glenn Hubbard and Frederic Mishkin of Columbia University; Karl E. Case, recently retired from Wellesley College and co-creator of the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices Index; Daron Acemoglu and Olivier Blanchard of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; John List of the University of Chicago; and David Laibson of Harvard University. These renowned economists are the go-to experts who help make sense of today's complex economic issues. 

"Today's students face unprecedented issues in these challenging economic times," said Tim Bozik, CEO of Pearson's Professional & Career group. "Creative solutions to these problems are needed more than ever, and that's why we're encouraging today's students who will be tomorrow's economic leaders to share their thoughts and plans for addressing the most crucial policy issues facing us right now."

Whether macro or micro, YouTube or Word, professors and instructors are invited to enter, on behalf of their students, an 8-10 minute student video, or 1,500 word student essay, that presents the student's solution to one of the following central economics issues: health care, the environment, education, housing or technology. Students also may choose to address any other aspect of macro- or micro-economics they feel is critical to the health of the economy

Submissions will be accepted until April 16, 2010.

Twelve finalists will be chosen based on the strength, feasibility and creativity of their ideas and the clarity of their execution plan. The twelve finalists, along with their nominating professors, will be guests of Pearson at the first annual National Economics Insider Symposium in June in Washington, D.C. This will be an extraordinary opportunity for the students to meet with some of Pearson's economics authors and exchange ideas.

For more information, and to submit an application, visit or contact Lori DeShazo at (212) 641-6542 or

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