2019 Birger Lecture Series
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Paige Hall Terrace Room
"The Real Exchange Rate, Innovation and Productivity"
Presented by: Laura Alfaro, Harvard Business School
Laura Alfaro is the Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.
She served as Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy in Costa Rica from 2010-2012.
She has published widely in the field of international economics, in particular on international
capital flows, foreign direct investment, sovereign debt, trade, and emerging markets.
2019 Gunnar Myrdal Inaugural Lecture
Monday, April 8, 2019
Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall
"Closing the Achievement Gap: Evidence from Education Policy in Boston"
Presented by: Elizabeth Setren, Gunnar Myrdal Professor of Economics, Tufts University
Professor Setren received her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. Before joining
Tufts, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National
Bureau of Economic Research. Her research in the economics of
education and labor economics includes studying the impact of Boston
charter schools on special education students and English Language
Learners, the scaling of the Boston charter sector, and the effects
of education technology. Her research has been covered by The New York Times,
The Wall Street Journal,
The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, The 74, NPR, and other news outlets.
Special Seminar (hosted by EC 117 Economics of Social Interactions and Social Networks)
Monday, April 8, 2019
"Dealer Networks in the World of Art"
Presented by: Georgia Kosmopoulou, Ph.D., Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor of Economics University of Oklahoma
2019 Wellington Burnham Lecture
Thursday, April 11, 2019
"Reinvigorating Competition Policy"
Presented by: Nancy Rose, MIT
Nancy L. Rose is the Department Head and Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics
in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Economics Department, where her research and teaching
focuses on industrial organization, competition policy, and the economics of regulation. She served
as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department
of Justice from 2014 – 2016. Her research includes analyses of economic regulation and firm behavior in a
variety of transportation and energy markets, as well as of labor rent-sharing and determinants of executive pay.