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Steine Lecture Series

The David Steine Lectureship was established in 1978 by multiple donors to provide support for an annual lecture in the Department of Economics at the College of Arts and Science. The lecture honors former Vanderbilt Professor David L. Steine, and addresses an economic problem of interest to the general public.

2016 David Steine Lectures

robert porter

Robert Porter
Northwestern University
"Empirical Analysis and Auction Design"

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Central Library Community Room
4-5:30 pm, with reception to follow

NOTE:  A conference in honor of Professor Porter will be held on April 20.

Robert Porter has conducted research on theoretical and empirical studies of collusion, price wars, and bidders' behavior in auctions. His research includes studies of the federal auctions of offshore oil and gas leases, and of procurement auctions for highway construction and for school milk. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the 2009 Distinguished Fellow of the Industrial Organization Society. He is the President of the Econometric Society in 2015. He is a former co-editor of Econometrica, the RAND Journal of Economics, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, and the Handbook of Industrial Organization.



Alvin Roth
Stanford University; Harvard University
"Who Gets What and Why--The Economics of  Matching and Market Design"

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Wilson Hall Room 103
4-5:30 pm, with reception to follow

Alvin E. Roth is the Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University, and the Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration Emeritus at Harvard University. He works in the areas of game theory, experimental economics and market design, and shared the 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He re-designed the National Resident Matching Program, through which approximately twenty thousand doctors a year find their first employment as residents at American hospitals. He is also one of the founders and designers of the New England Program for Kidney Exchange, for incompatible patient-donor pairs. He is President-elect of the American Economic Association, and served for many years as chair of the Association's Ad Hoc Committee on the Job Market, which has designed a number of recent changes in the market for new Ph.D. economists. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society, and has been a Guggenheim and Sloan fellow. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.



Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Kyle Bagwell, Stanford University
"The W.T.O.: Purpose, Design, and Challenges"

Monday, September 30, 2013
Daniel S. Hamermesh, University of Texas at Austin
"Beauty Pays" [video]

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
John O. Ledyard, Allen and Lenabelle Davis Professor of Economics and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology
"Smart Markets for a Smart Electrical Grid" [video]

Monday, November 14th, 2011
Matthew O. Jackson, William D. Eberle Professor of Economics, Stanford University
"Lessons from Network Economics: Communication, Influence, and Trust" [video]

Thursday, February 17th, 2011
Chris Sims, Princeton University, Nobel Laureate 2011
"Do Deficits and Monetary Expansion in the US Pose an Inflation Risk?" [video]

Monday, October 4th, 2010
François Bourguignon, Director of the Paris School of Economics and former Chief Economist for the World Bank
"Global Inequality" [video]

Thursday, April 1, 2010
Dale Mortensen, Northwestern University, Nobel Laureate 2010
"Firm Heterogeneity: A reason some similar people are paid differently" [video]

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
John Taylor, Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University and the Janice Arthur McCoy Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
"Getting Off Track: How Government Caused, Prolonged, and Worsened the Financial Crisis"  [video]

Thursday, November 15th, 2007
Elhanan Helpman, Harvard University
"International Specialization: New Perspectives"

Thursday, November 2, 2006
N. Gregory Mankiw, Harvard University

Thursday, September 8, 2005
Reinhard Selten, University of Bonn, Nobel Laureate 1994
"Stationary Equilibrium Concepts for Experimental 2 by 2 Games"

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005
Daron Acemoglu, MIT
"Rethinking the Wealth of Nations"

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005
George A. Akerlof, University of California at Berkeley, Nobel Laureate 2001
"Identity and the Economics of Organizations" [video]

Monday, October 27th, 2003
Ronald W. Jones, the Xerox Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester
"Globalization and the Theory of Input Trade"

Wednesday, September 25, 2002
Martin Feldstein, Harvard University
"Preventing Economic Crisis"

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