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Welcome to Peter Spiegler

Welcome to new Assistant Professor Peter Spiegler. Peter worked previously at the University Massachusetts Boston (2007-2014) and Harvard University (2006-2007). He obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2005 and his work has been supported by a grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking. His main research interests are in the areas of philosophy of economics, history of economic thought, political economy and qualitative research methods.

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 20, 4:00 p.m.
Economic Theory Workshop
Sam Bowles, Sun-Ha Hwang
"The Liberal Trilemma: Why Pareto Efficiency, Private Property, and Preference Neutrality Are Not Jointly Possible"
919 Thompson Hall

Tuesday, October 21, 4:00 p.m.
Political Economy Workshop
Robert Brenner, University of California, LA
"The Origins and Outcome of the Great Recession: Finance and the Real Economy"
919 Thompson Hall

Tuesday, October 21, 4:00 p.m.
Political Economy Research Institute
Environmental Working Group
Peter Barnes
"With Liberty and Dividends for All"
3rd floor Conference Room, Gordon Hall

Friday, October 24, 5:00 p.m.
Economics Alum Advisory Board Fall 2014 Meeting
Professor J. Mohan Rao
"The Ins and Outs of Convergence"
UMass Club Boston

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