The humor in economics — Thad Cochran Forum on American Enterprise, to be held on Sept. 26

At this year’s Thad Cochran Forum on American Enterprise, to be held Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Jackson Convention Center, the focus will be partly on the lighter side of economics.

You didn’t know there was a lighter side to economics? Make your plans to attend this year’s Forum, and you’ll find yourself laughing along with a whole roomful of business and government leaders.

That’s because this year’s keynote speaker will be America’s only stand-up economist, Yoram Bauman. Bauman performs regularly at colleges and corporate events, and he’s share stages with everyone from Robin Williams to Paul Krugman. For those who haven’t been exposed to his take on economic issues, it’s definitely good fun. Bauman indicates his goal is “to spread joy to the world through economic comedy and help to reform economic education.” In that regard, he’s right on track with the Mississippi Council for Economic Education, an organization dedicated to furthering economic education in Mississippi schools and “empowering children to be financially successful.” The Council has numerous programs to further these objectives, and as a non-profit, is one of the state’s most efficient and effective organizations in terms of delivering services with low administrative costs. In fact, the MCEE consistently ranks among the top 10 in the nation among all affiliated state Councils.