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Special Events Archives: 2016-2017

2017 Birger Lecture Series
Thursday April 27, 2017
Tisch 304

"Cities in the Development World"
Presented by: Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Professor Glaeser teaches microeconomics theory, and occasionally urban and public economics.
He has served as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.
Professor Glaeser has published dozens of papers on cities economic growth, law, and economics. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission.

2017 Seminar
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Alumnae Lounge

"Is Europe an Optimal Political Area?"
Presented by Alberto Alesina, Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University
Co-Sponsored by the Economics Department, International Relations Program, and the Tufts' Chapter of European Horizons

Alberto Alesina is the Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University. He obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1986. He served as Chairman of the Department of Economics from 2003-2006. He is a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Economic Policy Research. He is a member of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the director of the political economy program of the NBER since 2006.

He is has published extensively in all major academic journals in economics. He has published five books. Amongst those are: "The Future of Europe: Reform or Decline", published by MIT Press, with Francesco Giavazzi; "The Size of Nations", published by MIT Press, with Enrico Spolaore; and "Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference", published by Oxford University Press, with Edward Glaeser. He has been a Co-editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics for six years and Associate Editor of many academic journals. He has published columns in many leading newspapers around the world and has visited several institutions including MIT, Tel Aviv University, University of Stockholm, The World Bank, and the IMF. He holds a visiting position with IGIER Bocconi.

His work has covered a variety of topics: political business cycles, the political economy of fiscal policy and budget deficits, the process of European integration, stabilization policies in high inflation countries, the determination of the size of countries, currency unions, the political economic determinants of redistributive policies, differences in the welfare state in the US and Europe and, more generally, differences in the economic system in the US and Europe, the effect of alternative electoral systems on economic policies, and the determination of the choice of different electoral systems, culture and economics, ethnic conflict, inequality and redistributive policies, and the macroeconomic effects of fiscal policy.

Majors Week 2017: Department of Economics
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Braker 113

Thinking about a major in Economics? Faculty from the Economics Department will be available with information and departmental literature on majors and minors available, finding an advisor, studying abroad, and declaring a major. Light refreshments will be served.

Sungkyunkwan University and Tufts University Student Research Conference
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Braker 001

The Economics Department is proud to announce the Sungkyunkwan University and Tufts University Student Research Conference, in which 10 outstanding undergraduate and graduate research papers will be presented. Refreshments will be served.

2016 Wellington Burnham Lecture
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Cohen Auditorium

Dani Rodrik is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He rejoined the Kennedy School in July 2015 after two years at the Institute for Advanced Study as the Albert O. Hirschman Professor in the School of Social Science. He also holds a visiting appointment at the London School of Economics as Centennial Professor (2013-2016).

Professor Rodrik is an economist whose research covers globalization, economic growth and development, and political economy. He is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, Centre for Economic Policy Research (London), and the Center for Global Development among other research organizations. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural Albert O. Hirschman Prize of the Social Science Research Council, and honorary doctorates from universities in Europe and Latin America. He currently serves as Vice-President of the International Economic Association. Professor Rodrik's most recent book is Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science (W.W. Norton, 2015). His book The Globalization Paradox, published in 2011, was translated into twelve languages. His articles have been published in the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics, and other academic journals. He is also the author of One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth (2007), The New Global Economy and Developing Countries: Making Openness Work (1999), and Has Globalization Gone Too Far? (1997).