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by Jamie Ahmed, staff writer

The course will be taught by Dr. Leroy Laney, who has over 15 years of experience with Hawai‘i’s economy. Eight of them as a chief economist/consultant at First Hawaiian Bank and the last seven as a professor of finance and economics at HPU. Laney has had a broad experience in banking, government, and other academic positions. He has earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He also holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech, and an MBA in Accounting and Finance from Emory University.

Laney plans to discuss the history of Hawai‘i’s economy from the days of European domination through the times of sugar cane and pineapple plantations to our present day. He then plans to discuss issues important to every economy, often controversial, such as government and taxation, cost of housing, job opportunities and the work force, and the future of tourism. The possibilities are endless, and each student will be allowed to pick his or her own topic for research. Laney hopes that many students will sign up for this class because the more students that sign up, the richer the course will be since everyone will be researching a different topic.

The course will be offered as an elective not just to business, economics, or travel industry management majors, but to anyone who is interested in working in Hawai‘i or just flat out curious about Hawai‘i’s economy. Laney said, “Everyone is somewhat interested in Hawai‘i or they wouldn’t have come here to go to school.” The course is scheduled to run Thursday evenings from 5:15-8:10 and requires no text book, which already means deciding to take this course has saved some money. The prerequisite for this course is Economics 2010 or 2015, the general education classes in micro- and macroeconomics that everyone takes.

For more information e-mail Dr. Laney at lo9laney@hotmail.com or drop by his office at LB 402 Tuesdays 11:30-12:30 and Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:30.


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