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Presidential Debates

Owen Zidar '08 Evaluates Romney Tax Plan in Recent New York Times Article

The final 2012 Presidential Debate may have been slated for foreign policy, but it wasn't long before the discussion turned to the importance of a strong economy at home.  In a very relevant piece in The New York Times online, Owen Zidar '08 evaluates the tax plan of Republican Mitt Romney.  "Tax Cuts for Job Creators" was published on Friday, October 19, 2012.

Owen Zidar, a doctoral student in economics at the University of California, Berkeley, was previously a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers and, in 2008-9, an analyst at Bain Capital Ventures.

Zidar is one of many talented alumni that we have had the pleasure of getting to know at the Rockefeller Center.  We are happy to share the great work of former Dartmouth students.

A Look Back at the 2011 Republican Presidential Debate at Dartmouth #econdebate #fitn

As the First in the Nation NH Primary date draws near, the Rockefeller Center wanted to reflect on the ways students engaged with the candidates, debate partners, and the greater Dartmouth community last fall during the Bloomberg/The Washington Post/WBIN-TV Republican Presidential Debate at Dartmouth.

You can see more links to news, photos, and videos on the 2011 Debate web site.  You can also find an album of our behind the scenes photos and other media mentions on our Facebook page.

Students at Dartmouth Discuss Republican Presidential Candidates at #econdebate Focus Group

On October 11, 2011, sixteen Dartmouth undergraduates participated in a focus group prior to and immediately following the Republican Presidential Debate at Dartmouth College. The panelists came from all walks of life and were selected in hopes of representing the diversity of the campus.

The group was joined by Professor Ron Shaiko, Senior Fellow and Associate Director for Curricular and Research Programs at the Rockefeller Center, who served as their facilitator for this focus group. The focus group began with a discussion of the students’ first political experiences, agents of political socialization, and political ideology.

Dartmouth Alum-Run Company,, Shares Data Analysis of Republican Presidential Candidates #econdebate

The #EconDebate has come and gone, but the importance of election and the impressions that we share with others via social media continues.  In this post, we'd like to highlight the work of Dartmouth alum Rob Leathern (classmate of Rockefeller Center Assistant Director Danielle Thompson '97) and his company,  Their blog included a recent post that has been summarized below, with a note from founder and CEO Rob Leathern '97.

If you are a Dartmouth alum and would like to share your public policy-related news or work with the Rockefeller Center audience, we encourage you to submit your ideas directly to Danielle for consideration.

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"Investigating the Republican Presidential Pool of Candidates through Social Data"

Participate in the #EconDebate Discussion: Text Polls

Let your voice be heard.

Two different questions out there for you to respond to related to the Republican Presidential Debate tonight.  Both polls are hosted by Bloomberg and are open to everyone - not just Dartmouth students and Upper Valley community.

  • Text "Poll" to 36500 to participate in the first poll.  [We suggest that you submit your response to this question before moving to the next.]
  • Text "Debate" to 36500 to participate in the second poll.

* standard SMS text message rates apply *

What traits are you looking for in a US President? Live Online Event with Prof. Shaiko

Join Professor Ron Shaiko on the Dartmouth Facebook page TODAY (October 10, 2011) from 2 - 4 PM as he answers YOUR questions live. 

Watch the video, and "Ask Dartmouth" your thoughts related to the upcoming #econdebate and presidential election cycle.

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