Faculty Lecture Series
Professor Laurence Ball
The Fed and Lehman Brothers
Dr. Bilal Zia
Applying Behavioral Insights to Public Policy
Dr. Mark Prell
The Economics of SNAP (Food Stamps) and the Great Block Grant Debate: Hamilton vs. Jefferson vs. Southworth
United States Economic History, 1790 – 1930
Dr. David M. Blum
Underlying Concepts in Warning Analysis: Pearl Harbor Revisited
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.
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.
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.
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.
Athanasios Orphanides 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 a 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.
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.
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. rofessor 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.