Steine Lecture Series
The David Steine Lectureship honors former Vanderbilt Professor David L. Steine, and was established in 1978 by multiple donors to provide support for annual lectures in the Department of Economics at the College of Arts and Science. The Steine Lectures address an economic problem of interest to the general public.
2018-19 David Steine Lectures
TICKETS: This event is free, but tickets will be required. Members of the VU community (faculty, students, and staff) can pick up tickets at the Sarratt box office beginning March 11 (bring VU ID). Members of the public can pick up tickets beginning March 25.
Janet L. Yellen is the former Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Prior to her appointment as Chair, Dr. Yellen served as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors, taking office in October 2010. She is currently a Distinguished Fellow in Residence with the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution.
Dr. Yellen is Professor Emerita at the University of California at Berkeley where she was the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business and Professor of Economics and has been a faculty member since 1980. Dr. Yellen took leave from Berkeley for five years starting August 1994. She served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System through February 1997, and then left the Federal Reserve to become chair of the Council of Economic Advisers through August 1999. She also chaired the Economic Policy Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development from 1997 to 1999. She also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2004 to 2010.
Dr. Yellen is a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served as President of the Western Economic Association, Vice President of the American Economic Association and a Fellow of the Yale Corporation.
Dr. Yellen graduated summa cum laude from Brown University with a degree in economics in 1967, and received her Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1971. She received the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale in 1997, an honorary doctor of laws degree from Brown in 1998, and an honorary doctor of humane letters from Bard College in 2000. An Assistant Professor at Harvard University from 1971 to 1976, Dr. Yellen served as an Economist with the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors in 1977 and 1978, and on the faculty of the London School of Economics and Political Science from 1978 to 1980.
Dr. Yellen has written on a wide variety of macroeconomic issues, while specializing in the causes, mechanisms, and implications of unemployment.
PAST STEINE LECTURERS
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Susan Athey, the Economics of Technology Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business
"The Impact of Digital Intermediaries on Product Quality and Industry Structure: Evidence from News and Ridesharing"
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Ben Bernanke, Distinguished Fellow in Residence, with the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution; Former Chair of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve
"A Conversation with Ben Bernanke," facilitated by Peter Rousseau
Monday, January 29, 2018
Oliver Hart, Harvard University, 2016 Nobel Laureate
"Does Serving Shareholders Mean Putting Profit Above All Else?"
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg, Yale University
"Trade Policy in an Era of Growing Inequality"
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Olivier Blanchard, Peterson Institute for International Economics
"State of the Advanced Economies: Forces, Interactions, Uncertainties"
Monday, November 14, 2016
Narayana Kocherlakota, University of Rochester
"Room for Improvement in the U.S. Economy"
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"