Top economists speak in lecture series

For Immediate Release:  Nov. 1, 2016

BLOOMSBURG — Two renowned economists from Princeton University will come to Bloomsburg University to participate in the Department of Economics’ 2016-17 lecture series. These lectures are free and open to the public.

On Monday, Nov. 14, Roland J.M. Bénabou will present “Forbidden Fruits: The Political Economy of Science, Religion and Growth” at 2 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Bénabou’s research and teaching cover a wide range of macro and micro issues with 44 articles published in professional journals including The American Economic Review, National Bureau of Economic Research Macroeconomics Annual and Review of Economic Studies, as well as invitations to lecture worldwide in locations such as France, Hungary and Italy.

Bénabou holds a joint position in the Princeton’s Department of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He received his doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a fellow of the Economic Society, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and associate at the Institute for Research on Poverty.

Alan B. Krueger, professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton, will present “The Rise of Alternative Work Arrangements in the U.S.” on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Krueger has published 85 articles, earned numerous economic awards and held positions including assistant secretary for economic policy and chief economist to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He is known for being an “empiricist” with a diverse range of knowledge and research in economics.

Distinguished scholars and economists are invited every year for the lecture series. Past invitees include Nobel laureate Paul Krugman and the following professors: Peter Navarro from the University of California, Irvine; Chad Syverson from the University of Chicago; Dominick Salvatore from Fordham University; and George Borjas from Harvard University.

This lecture series is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Economics.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.