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 Northwestern University "Empirical Analysis and Auction Design"
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Central Library Community Room 4-5:30 pm, with reception to follow
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.
PAST STEINE LECTURERS
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Kyle Bagwell, Stanford University "The W.T.O.: Purpose, Design, and Challenges"
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"