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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.

2016-17 David Steine Lectures

Blanchard

Olivier Blanchard
Peterson Institute for International Economics; formerly with the IMF
"State of the Advanced Economies: Forces, Interactions, Uncertainties"

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Wilson Hall 103
4-5:30 pm, with reception to follow

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.

Kocherlakota 

Narayana Kocherlakota
University of Rochester
"Room for Improvement in the U.S. Economy"

Monday, November 14, 2016
Wilson Hall 126
4-5:30 pm, with reception to follow

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, April 19, 2016
Robert Porter, Northwestern University
"Empirical Analysis and Auction Design"
[video]

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Alvin Roth, Stanford University
"Who Gets What and Why--The New Economics of Matching and Market Design"
[video]

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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