Nobel Prize-Winning Economist and New York Times Columnist Paul Krugman to Give 2017 UMass Amherst Gamble Memorial Lecture

Nobel Prize-winning economist & New York Times columnist Paul Krugman
Nobel Prize-winning economist & New York Times columnist Paul Krugman

AMHERST, Mass. – Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist and columnist for The New York Times, will deliver the annual Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. at the William D. Mullins Center.

The lecture, “What’s the Matter with Economics?,” will explain how basic macroeconomics has been a very good guide to world events since the 2008 global financial crisis, and will question why economists seem unwilling to build on the success they have found using its concepts.

The event is free and open to the public, with tickets available at the Mullins Center box office starting Monday, Sept. 18. Tickets are also be available online HERE, but convenience fees may apply. Parking for the event will be $10 per vehicle, and will be cash only.

Krugman joined The New York Times in 1999 as an op-ed columnist, and his column is currently published every Monday and Friday. He is also a distinguished professor at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, where he is a fellow at the Stone Center for the Study of Socioeconomic Inequality.

In 2008, Krugman received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on international trade theory.

The author or editor of 27 books and more than 200 papers in professional journals and edited volumes, his professional reputation rests largely on work in international trade and finance. Krugman is one of the founders of the “new trade theory,” a major rethinking of the theory of international trade, and in recognition of that work, in 1991 the American Economic Association awarded him its John Bates Clark medal.

Krugman has also written extensively for a number of other general-audience publications, including Foreign AffairsHarvard Business Review and Scientific American.

Krugman received his B.A. from Yale University in 1974 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1977. Professor emeritus of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, he has also taught at Yale, Stanford and MIT, where he was the Ford International Professor of Economics.

Sponsored by the UMass Amherst department of economics, the Philip Gamble Memorial Lectureship Endowment was established by alumnus Israel Rogosa and other family and friends in memory of Philip Gamble, a member of the economics faculty from 1935-71 and chair of the department from 1942-65. The fund supports an annual lecture series featuring a prominent economist, and since its inauguration in 1995 Gamble lecturers have included Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and former U.S. Ambassador to India and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient John Kenneth Galbraith. Krugman will be the 10th recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics to present the Gamble Lecture.

More information on the UMass Amherst department of economics and the 2017 Gamble Lecture by Paul Krugman can be found here. Krugman’s complete bio and an archive of his columns can be found here. A complete list of previous Gamble lecturers, with video of all speeches since 2008, can be found here.

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