Students Walk Out, Rip Harvard Prof for Economy Woes

70 exit class in protest against influential Prof. Greg Mankiw
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2011 4:33 AM CST
Students Walk Out, Rip Harvard Prof for Economy Woes
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Who's responsible for the economic troubles in the US? A group of Harvard students believe it's partially the fault of a conservative university professor, who has apparently sent out his minions to wreak economic havoc. Some 70 students walked out of Professor Greg Mankiw's economics class last week because he "espouses a specific and limited view of economics that we believe perpetuates problematic and inefficient systems of economic inequality in our society," said an open letter from the students.

One of the protest organizers said later that Harvard grads have "been complicit in many of the worst injustices of recent years," adding: "Harvard students will not do that anymore. We will use our education for good, and not for personal gain at the expense of millions." Mankiw, who has advised President George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, didn't comment. He did announce at the start of the class that he had a "feeling people might leave a little early," notes the Daily Mail. (More Greg Mankiw stories.)

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