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Lave: Despite permits, market for natural gas is down, 10/3/2009
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The market for natural gas is clearly down, according to Lester Lave, Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Economics and University Professor; Director, Carnegie Mellon Green Design Initiative; Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center. Lave says a spike in natural gas permits should not be confused with a true market upswing, because they are merely cheap preparation for companies speculating in long-term investment. URL for this article: http://www.individual.com/story.php?story=107836885

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 10/4/2009
Meltzer: China will act in its own best interest regarding consumption
The United States has talked about increasing consumption in China for 10 years, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer says while the Chinese are aware of that viewpoint, it will act in its own best interests. URL for this article: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/cityregion/s_646339.html

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 10/13/2009
Alumnus earns Nobel Prize in economics
Tepper School alumnus Oliver Williamson has joined the distinguished ranks of Nobel laureates in economics. Williamson earned his MSIA from the school in 1962 and his PhD in 1963. URL for this article: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_647682.html

Reuters, 10/14/2009
Export boost necessary for recovery, says Meltzer
An economic recovery led by a boost in U.S. exports is necessary, according to Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer says such growth will come at the expense of domestic spending. URL for this article: http://www.cnbc.com/id/33314157

Washington Observer-Reporter, 10/17/2009
Economy will improve, but not boom, says Robertson
The economy will improve in 2010, but people should not expect a return to the boom years, says Norman Robertson, adjunct professor of economics. Robertson does characterize Pittsburgh’s performance through the downturn as “remarkable.” http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/biz/10-17-NORMAN-ROBERTSON---ECON-OUTLOOK---SAT-BIZ

Wall Street Journal , 10/22/2009
Meltzer: U.S. headed toward new financial crisis
The United States is headed toward a new financial crisis unless it acts forcefully and soon, warns Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer points to his expected depreciation of U.S. currency and the country’s budget deficit. URL for this article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704224004574489251193581802.html?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_opinion

Politico, 10/23/2009
Meltzer: Executive pay cuts a red herring
Controversy over executive pay cuts for firms that accepted government bailout money is part of an effort to divert public attentino from the main causes of the mortgage fiasco, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer believes politicians should have limited the activities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after 2003, and that both organizations should be closed. URL for this article: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/28623.html#

Gulf Times, 10/26/2009
Qatar could become major manufacturing hub, Emerson says
Qatar could become a major manufacturing hub and aim for a future that lasts well beyond the energy boom, according to S. Thomas Emerson, David T. and Lindsay J. Morgenthaler Professor of Entrepreneurship. Emerson says the country enjoys such competitive advantages as strategic location, excellent air and sea transportation, and abundance of capital. URL for this article: http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=322430&version=1&template_id=57&parent_id=56

CNBC, 10/26/2009
Miller appears on CNBC
Robert Miller, professor of economics and strategy, appeared on CNBC’s “Street Signs.” The topic was shareholder vote on pay. URL for this article: http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=1308506500&play=1

Bloomberg, 10/27/2009
Profits high on sale of bonds sold by Beaver County
A 5 percent increase in first-day trading of bonds sold by Beaver County is “insanely high,” according to Rick Green, Richard M. and Margaret S. Cyert Chair; professor of financial economics. Green says that’s true even in a market where localities often receive less from underwriters than investors are willing to pay. URL for this article: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aLac7yoZtq4E

MarketWatch, 10/27/2009
Routledge: Alleged profits in arrest of hedge fund founder were small
The alleged profits that led to arrests including the founder of Galleon Group were surprisingly small, says Bryan Routledge, associate professor of finance. Routledge is analyzing whether illegal activity can be spotted by analyzing hedge-fund firms. URL for this article: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/galleon-charges-shine-harsh-light-on-hedgers-2009-10-27?pagenumber=1

CNBC, 10/27/2009
Meltzer: Fed not serious about fighting inflation
Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy, appeared on CNBC to discuss the possibility of the U.S. heading into a new financial crisis. Meltzer says the Federal Reserve lacks a serious anti-inflation policy. URL for this video clip: http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=1310074472&play=1

Jurist, 10/27/2009
Meltzer: Bankers are scapegoats of Congress, administration
Congress and the administration are making scapegoats out of bankers when the real culprit in the economic crisis is failed policy, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer says most bank compensation arrangements should be changed, but are not the major reason for the crisis. URL for this article: http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/hotline/2009/10/compensation-regulation-obscures-role.php

Financial Post, 10/28/2009
Routledge: Was Galleon’s alleged scheme the result of arrogance, or tip of the iceberg?
Bryan Routledge, associate professor of finance, is puzzled by the paltry $20 million in profits that hedge fund Galleon is alleged to have made by using inside information. Routledge suggests that arrogance or a larger-scale plan might explain the relatively low return on a high-risk scheme. URL for this article: http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/fp/Galleon+scandal+widens/2156116/story.html

American Banker, 10/29/2009
Meltzer: Don’t give Fed more authority
It would be a mistake to give the Federal Reserve more authority or responsibility, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. He says multipurpose agencies usually fail to perform any of their tasks well, and the Fed is not an exception. http://www.iddmagazine.com/news/reform-spotlight-takes-systemic-shift-199226-1.html

Marketplace, 10/30/2009
Meltzer says White House ‘jobs saved’ claims are misleading
White House numbers indicating the number of jobs saved by its stimulus program are misleading, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer says nobody really knows how to measure the number of jobs saved. URL for this article: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/30/pm-stimulus-jobs/

Bloomberg, 10/30/2009
Routledge: D’Souza’s exit from Citadel is problematic
The decision by Rohit D’Souza to leave Citadel Investment Group is problematic because investment banking is a business built on relationships, says Bryan Routledge, associate professor of finance. Routledge described D’Souza’s decision as a “setback” for the hedge fund firm. URL for this article: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aUw.5blABlpU

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