Past Woodward Lectures

Past Woodward Lectures

April 2018: Orazio Attanasio, University College London

  • The Accumulation of Human Capital

September 2016: Philippe Aghion, London School of Economics & Stockholm University

November 2015: Nobel Laureate Alvin Roth, Stanford University

March 2015: Janet Currie, Princeton University

  • Inequality in Health at Birth: Why is it Falling in the USA? (Event Details)

2012: Michael Kremer, Harvard University

  • Health and Development

April 2012: Alberto Alesina, Harvard University

  • Fiscal Policy after the Great Recession

October 2009: Mark Rosenzweig, Yale University

  • Global Wage Inequality and the International Flow of Migrants
  • Altruism, Favoritism, and Guilt in the Allocation of Family Resources: Sophie’s Choice in Mao’s Mass Send-Down Movement

September 2008: Susan Athey, Harvard University

  • Market Design in Theory and Practice: Sponsored Search Auctions
  • Position Auctions with Consumer Search

March 2008: David Card, University of California, Berkeley

  • How Immigration is Shaping Major Cities
  • Does Medicare Save Lives?

September 2006: Daron Acemoglu, MIT

  • Learning and Disagreement in an Uncertain World
  • Rethinking the Wealth of Nations

February 2005: Matthew Rabin, University of California, Berkeley

  • The Economics of Immediate Gratification
  • A Model of Reference-Dependent Preferences

March 2004: Maurice Obstfeld, University of California, Berkeley

  • Globalization in Historical Perspective
  • The Case for Open Market Operations in a Liquidity Trap

September 2003: Ariel Rubinstein, Tel Aviv University & Princeton University

  • John Nash, A Beautiful Mind and Game Theory
  • Equilibrium in the Jungle

February 2002: Daniel McFadden, University of California, Berkeley

  • Economic Choices
  • Healthy, Wealthy, & Wise? Tests for Direct Causal Paths

November 2001: Richard Freeman, Harvard University & LSE

  • The Impact of the Internet on the Economy
  • Liking the Workplace You Have: The Incumbency Effect in Preferences Toward Unions

November 2000: Bengt Holmstrom, MIT

  • Corporate Governance and Takeovers in the US: Making Sense of the 80s and 90s
  • Shortage and Waste of Liquidity

November 1999: George Akerlof, University of California, Berkeley

  • Economics and Identity

March 1999: Peter Howitt, Ohio State University

  • Innovation and Growth
  • The Emergence of Economic Organization

March 1997: Richard Blundell, University College London

  • Risk Sharing and Growth of Consumption
  • Reforming our Tax and Welfare System

March 1996: Jeffrey G. Williamson, Harvard University

  • Globalization and the Convergence of Nations: What Does History Tell Us?
  • Dealing with the Challenge of Globalization: A Long View

February 1995: Robin Boadway, Queen’s University

  • The Changing Face of Canadian Federalism: The Fiscal Dimension
  • Reforming Social Policy: Can the Federal Government Deliver?

September 1994: Ken Binmore, University College London

  • Playing Fair: Game Theory and the Social Contract
  • Squaring the Circle: Rational Cooperation in the Prisoners’ Dilemma

January 1994: Andrei Shleifer, Harvard University

  • Privatizing Russia I and Privatizing Russia II

March 1993: David M. Newbery, University of Cambridge

  • The Privatisation of the English Electricity Industry, The Transition in Eastern Europe
  • UK Energy Policy Versus EC Environmental Policy

November 1991: Oliver S. Hart, MIT

  • Recent Developments in the Theory of the Firm
  • The Modern Corporation: The Theory of its Financial Structure

February 1990: Paul Krugman, MIT

  • Thinking About the Debt Problem
  • Third World Debt: Their Problem or Ours?

March 1989: Thomas Schelling, Harvard University

  • Self-Command, A New Discipline
  • Strategic Arms Control: What Makes Sense?

January 1987: Paul Samuelson, MIT

  • Deterministic Chaos

March 1986: Partha Dasgupta, University of Cambridge

  • The Silent Food War

October 1985: Robert E. Hall, Stanford University

  • Tax Reform: The Flat Tax and the Current Debate
  • Monetary Reform: Deregulation with Price Stability?

February 1985: J. Culyer, University of York

  • The Withering of the Welfare State
  • Whither the Welfare State?

March 1983: Richard G. Lipsey, Queen’s University

  • The Great Anti-Inflation War, 1975-?: Part 1
  • The Great Anti-Inflation War, 1975-?: Part 2