Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture Presents Paul Krugman

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:00pm
Mullins Center

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 6:00 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 will also be available online at, but convenience fees may apply. Parking for the event will be $10 per vehicle, and will be cash only.

Anyone unable to attend the lecture in person will be able to watch Krugman’s speech via the UMass Amherst department of economics’ Facebook page, or by directing their browser to Krugman Live at UMass. Membership to Facebook is not necessary to watch the stream, though it is necessary to interact with or to comment on the video.

The Philip Gamble Memorial Lectureship Endowment was established by Israel Rogosa '42 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.

Paul Krugman joined The New York Times in 1999 as a columnist on the Op-Ed Page and continues as professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1974 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1977. He has taught at Yale, MIT and Stanford. At MIT he became the Ford International Professor of Economics.

Krugman is the author or editor of 20 books and more than 200 papers in professional journals and edited volumes. His professional reputation rests largely on work in international trade and finance; he is one of the founders of the "new trade theory," a major rethinking of the theory of international trade. In recognition of that work, in 1991 the American Economic Association awarded him its John Bates Clark medal, a prize given every two years to "that economist under forty who is adjudged to have made a significant contribution to economic knowledge." Mr. Krugman's current academic research is focused on economic and currency crises.

At the same time, Krugman has written extensively for a broader public audience. Some of his recent articles on economic issues, originally published in Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, Scientific American and other journals, are reprinted in Pop Internationalism and The Accidental Theorist.