Special Events Archives: 2016-2017
2017 Birger Lecture Series
Thursday April 27, 2017
"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.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
"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
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
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
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).