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.
2016-17 David Steine Lectures
Olivier Blanchard joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics as the first C. Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow in October 2015. A citizen of France, Blanchard has spent most of his professional life in Cambridge, MA. After obtaining his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1977, he taught at Harvard University, and returned to MIT in 1982. He was chair of the economics department from 1998 to 2003. In 2008, he took a leave of absence to be the economic counselor and director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund. He remains Robert M. Solow Professor of Economics emeritus at MIT.
He is a macroeconomist, who has worked on a wide range of issues, from the role of monetary policy, the nature of speculative bubbles, the nature of the labor market and the determinants of unemployment, transition in former communist countries, and to forces behind the recent global financial crisis. In the process, he has worked with numerous countries and international organizations. He is the author of many books and articles, including two textbooks on macroeconomics, one at the graduate level with Stanley Fischer and the other at the undergraduate level.
He is a past editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the NBER Macroeconomics Annual and founding editor of American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics. He is a fellow and past council member of the Econometric Society, president-elect of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Academy of Sciences.
Narayana Kocherlakota received a PhD in economics from The University of Chicago in 1987, under the guidance of Lars Peter Hansen and Jose Scheinkman (Rochester PhD and Lionel McKenzie student). Since that time, he has held academic appointments at a number of institutions, including Stanford University, Northwestern University, The University of Iowa, and the University of Minnesota. He was the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from 2009-2015. As part of his responsibilities in that position, he served on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the monetary policymaking arm of the Federal Reserve System.
His past research includes theoretical and empirical contributions to many fields in economics, including the economics of money and payments, business cycles, financial economics, public finance, and dynamic games/contracts. His current research is on monetary policy.
As a member of the FOMC, he spoke and wrote about a number of aspects of economic policy. As a professor, he intends to continue to write about economic policy.
PAST STEINE LECTURERS
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Kyle Bagwell, Stanford University
"The W.T.O.: Purpose, Design, and Challenges"
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"
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"