Yaya Sissoko presenteda paper titled "Inside the Classroom: Learning from the 2008 Financial Crisis and the Subprime Meldown" (co-authored with Brian Sloboda) at theAllied Social Sciences Association for the Poster Session of theCommittee on Economic Education in San Diego, California, January 3-5, 2020.

The learning objectives of this paper are:

  1. Learn the general factors that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis;

  2. Identify the complexity of the financial products, namely the subprime mortgages, that contributed to the 2008 economic crisis intuitively without having to understand the complex mathematics;

  3. Improve teamwork and oral communication skills;

  4. Improved learning and application of real-life examples from economics.

In addition, Sissoko attended two other events at the2020 ASSA annual meeting:

  1. As a board member, Sissoko attended the annual board meeting of theAfrican Finance and Economic Association, held on Saturday, January 4.

  2. As a member of theAmerican Economic Association, Sissoko also attended theAEA Continuing Education on Climate Change Economicsin San Diego on January 5-7, 2020. The instructors were:

    • Professor Lint Barrage, University of California Santa Barbara, Department of Economics;

    • Professor Michael Greenstone, Milton Friedman Distinguished Professor in Economics and the College University of Chicago, director Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago, director Policy Institute at the University of Chicago;

    • Professor Gilbert Metcalf, Tufts University, Department of Economics.

    The speakers defined climate change, summarized past and current research about climate change, estimated climate change and its impact on the global economy, and provided some policy recommendations about climate change.

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