I.W. Arthur Memorial Seminar: Justin Wolfers

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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Justin WolfersLocation: Virtual via Zoom

Description: Justin Wolfers, Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Title: "How the pandemic is changing economics...and economics teaching"

Abstract: Every major economic disruption bring with it changes in the field of economics, and our understanding of the economy. This lecture will bring a speculative early assessment of how the coronavirus pandemic has changed economics, our understanding of the economy, and the tools that economists use. For students, it's a way of charting how what you're learning today will evolve over coming years as the field adapts. And for all of us, it's a chance to reflect on how economics has been, and can continue to be important, even as the economy goes through massive change.

Justin Wolfers is a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Michigan and a visiting professor of economics at the University of Sydney. He is also a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research; a non-resident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution, a non-resident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a research fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn; a research affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London; an international research fellow with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, and a fellow of the CESifo, in Munich. He was previously a visiting professor at Princeton, an associate professor at Wharton, an assistant professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia. He is also a past editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, and was a member of the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers. Dr. Wolfers earned his PhD in economics in 2001 from Harvard University, and was a Fulbright, Knox and Menzies Scholar. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics in his native Australia at the University of Sydney in 1994, winning the University Medal. He was recently named by the IMF as one of the "25 economists under 45 shaping the way we think about the global economy." Wolfers' research focuses on labor economics, macroeconomics, political economy, law and economics, social policy and behavioral economics. Beyond research, he is a contributing columnist for the New York Times, appears frequently on TV, radio and in print. He is also a popular teacher, with many teaching awards to his name, and an author of a leading introductory economics textbook.

Please contact Peter Orazem at pfo@iastate.edu for Zoom link.