Moderator Louise Sheiner, PhD, a Harvard-educated economist and policy director for the Hutchins Center at Brookings

 

Pace Hosts Top Think Tank for Policy Simulation Game

The Brookings Institution brings the Fiscal Ship–and job opportunities–to students

The world-renowned Brookings Institution has landed on Pace’s shores. On April 29, 2019, the Washington, DC-based think tank christened the University as the first to host a live, participatory demonstration of its online simulation policy game, the Fiscal Ship.

Pace was selected from among other New York City-based universities, and at the event, approximately 50 economics and business economics students were tasked with selecting from a menu of tax and spending options matching their values and priorities. Their objective: to set the federal budget on a sustainable course.

“This experience taught me about the importance of the budget, and moreover, how to balance it in a practical, applicable way, because it moved away from the theoretical implications that we mostly learn,” said Kerstin Gordon ‘22, an Economics major whose goal after graduation is to do equity research.

At the event, Pace University President Marvin Krislov introduced moderator Louise Sheiner, PhD, a Harvard-educated economist and policy director for the Hutchins Center at Brookings. Sheiner provided students an overview of the federal debt and policy decisions that impact, and encouraged interested students to inquire about potential internship and employment opportunities with her organization.

Distinguished Professor and Chair of Economics Joseph Morreale, played a key role in bringing the opportunity to fruition. Looking ahead, he hopes to build upon Pace’s relationship with Brookings, and looks forward to potentially hosting the organization again in the future.

The Fiscal Ship game, co-produced with the Serious Games Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson Center, is available online at this website.