Harvard Economist to Discuss Macroeconomic Disasters at The University of Scranton

09/09/08

Macroeconomic Disasters since 1870” will be the topic discussed by Robert J. Barro, Ph.D., at The University of Scranton’s 23rd annual Henry George Lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Funded by a grant from the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, the lecture will be presented to the public free of charge at 7:30 p.m. in the fourth floor ballroom of the Patrick & Margaret DeNaples Center at The University of Scranton.

Dr. Barro, the Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University, is a renowned economist who has written extensively on macroeconomics and economic growth. His most recent research focuses on the interplay between religion and political economy and the impact of rare disasters on asset markets.

Dr. Barro’s most recent books include Macroeconomics: A Modern Approach; Economic Growth; Nothing Is Sacred: Economic Ideas for the New Millennium; Determinants of Economic Growth and Getting It Right: Markets and Choices in a Free Society.

A senior fellow of the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Dr. Barro joined the Harvard faculty in 1987 as a professor. He is co-editor of Harvard’s Quarterly Journal of Economics and recently served as president of the Western Economic Association and vice president of the American Economic Association. He is honorary dean of the China Economics & Management Academy, Central University of Beijing.

From 1998 to 2006, he was a viewpoint columnist for Business Week from 1991 to 1998 and was a contributing editor of The Wall Street Journal.

He earned a doctorate in economics from Harvard University and a bachelor of science degree in physics from California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Barrow will also be the featured speaker at the university’s PNC Breakfast, an invitation-only event, which will take place on Oct. 1.

The University of Scranton’s Henry George Lecture Series is the preeminent public lecture series in economics in northeastern Pennsylvania. Five of the previous lecturers have won the Nobel Prize in Economics.

The Economics and Finance Department at The University of Scranton and the campus chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon host the Henry George Lecture, which honors the 19th century American economist and social reformer.

For additional information about the Henry George Lecture, call The University of Scranton at (570) 941-4048.

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