The Marc Sumerlin Lecture Series

Marc Sumerlin, Applied Economics ’04, generously sponsored a lecture series of prominent economists to speak to our students and alumni. Mr. Sumerlin continues to help our program in various ways.

Spring 2016 Lecture: Olivier Blanchard

Olivier Blanchard graduated from ESCP Europe in 1973. He earned a PhD in Economics from MIT in 1977. He taught at Harvard University between 1977 and 1983, after which time he returned to MIT as a professor. Between 1998 and 2003 Blanchard served as the Chairman of the Economics Department at MIT. He was the chief economist at the International Monetary Fund from September, 2008 to October 2015. He has published numerous research papers in the field of macroeconomics, as well as undergraduate and graduate macroeconomics textbooks. He is one of the most cited economists in the world.

Fall 2015 Lecture: Miles Corak

Miles Corak received his BA in Economics and Political Science from McGill University in 1982, his MA in Economics from McGill in 1985, and his PhD in Economics from Queen’s University in 1996. His research interests include child poverty, access to university education, intergenerational earnings and education mobility, and unemployment. He is affiliated with a number of institutes and think tanks. Before joining the University of Ottawa he was a member of the senior management at Statistics Canada. During 2015/16 he is Visiting Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

Spring 2015 Lecture: Amy Finkelstein

Amy Finkelstein studied Government at Harvard University, where she received an AB summa cum laude in 1995. She was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, where she received an M. Phil in Economics in 1997. She received her PhD in Economics from MIT in 2001. She was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, after which she joined the MIT faculty in 2005. In 2008 she was awarded the Elaine Bennett Research Prize by the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession for her contributions to the economics profession. In 2012 she was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association. Prof. Finkelstein’s lecture was about the Effects of Medicaid Expansion.

Fall 2014 Lecture: Athanasios Orphanides

The Fall 2014 Lecturer was Athanasios Orphanides. He earned undergraduate degrees in mathematics and economics as well as a PhD in economics from MIT. He served as governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus from May 2007 to May 2012, overseeing the introduction of the euro in Cyprus. He subsequently served as member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank between January 2008 and May 2012. Following the creation of the European Systemic Risk Board in 2010, he was elected a member of its first Steering Committee. Prior to that, Orphanides served as senior adviser at the Federal Reserve Board. While at the Federal Reserve he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in macroeconomics and monetary economics at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. Most recently, he has contributed to the ongoing debate on the euro area crisis. He is coeditor with Mike Bordo of The Great Inflation: The Rebirth of Modern Central Banking, University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Spring 2014 Lecture: Justin Wolfers

The Spring 2014 Lecturer was Justin Wolfers. Dr. Wolfers is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan; editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity; and an Associate in numerous research facilities across the globe, including the National Bureau of Economic Research. The lecture and reception was held on Friday, March 28, 2014.

Fall 2013 Lecture: Christina Romer

The Fall 2013 Lecturer was Christina Romer. Professor Romer is co-director of the Program in Monetary Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and is a member of the NBER Business Cycle Dating Committee. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of California, Berkeley. She has served as vice president of the executive committee of the American Economic Association. Professor Romer is best known for her extensive work on fiscal and monetary policy from the Great Depression to the present, and she served as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors from 2009 to 2010. The lecture and reception was held on Friday, October 25, 2013.

Spring 2013 Lecture: Jeffrey Miron

The Spring 2013 Lecturer was Jeffrey Miron is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and senior fellow at the Cato Institute. The lecture and reception was held on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Fall 2012 Lecture: George Akerlof

The Fall 2012 Lecturer was Nobel-Prize Winner Prof. George Akerlof of UC, Berkeley. His talk was based on drafts of a book, Phishing for Phools, which he is writing with Robert Shiller. The lecture and reception was held on Friday, November 16, 2012.

Spring 2012 Lecture: Edward Glaeser

The Spring 2012 Lecturer was Edward Glaeser. Dr. Glaeser received his BA in Economics from Princeton and his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. He teaches urban and social economics and microeconomic theory, and has published dozens of papers on cities, economic growth, and law and economics. His work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He is an editor of several scholarly journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Prof. Glaeser has received numerous honors, including election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and nomination for the Levenson Award as the best undergraduate teacher at Harvard. The lecture and reception was held on Friday, April 13, 2012.

Fall 2011 Lecture: David Laibson

The Fall 2011 Lecturer was Prof. David Laibson, of Harvard University. He spoke about Behavioral Economics, the intersection of Economics with Psychology. The lecture and reception were held on Friday, November 18, 2011.

Spring 2011 Lecture: Colin Camerer

The Spring 2011 Lecturer was Prof. Colin Camerer, of the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Camerer gave a talk on the subject of Neuroeconomics, which is the creation and use of data on brain processes to suggest new underpinnings for economic theories to explain how much people save, why there are strikes, why the stock market fluctuates, the nature of consumer confidence and its effect on the economy, and so on. The lecture and reception were held on Friday, March 4, 2011. More than 70 guests participated.

Fall 2010 Lecture: Carmen Reinhart

The Inaugural Lecturer was Prof. Carmen Reinhart of the University of Maryland, and co-author of This Time is Different – Eight Centuries of Financial Folly. The lecture and reception were held on Friday, October 15, 2010. More than 60 guests participated.