A Special Symposium in Memory of Kenneth J. Arrow

December 4, 2017 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: 
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Room 1501 New York, NY 10027
United States

We proudly invite you to attend a Special Symposium in Memory of Kenneth J. Arrow.

Kenneth J. Arrow’s work was formative in shaping the field of economics over the past sixty years and his ideas, style of research, and breadth of vision were a model for generations of the boldest and most creative economists.

Among the list of 24 distinguished scholars include: Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor and Nobel Laureate (Columbia University); Eric S. Maskin, Adams University Professor and Nobel Laureate (Harvard University); Bengt Holmstrom, Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics and Nobel Laureate (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); and, Oliver Hart, Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics and Nobel Laureate (Harvard University).

Kenneth J. Arrow received his Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in 1951, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the university in 1973. The Symposium is an academic tribute to Kenneth J. Arrow, celebrating his pioneering scholarship and innovative spirit.

Following the symposium, Professor Glenn C. Loury will deliver the 10th Annual Arrow Lecture, titled "Persistent Racial Inequality in the U.S.: An Economic Theorist’s Account". Learn more | Register here.

Open to Columbia University affiliates. Please register with your Columbia University UNI.

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Symposium Agenda

8:30am-9:00am – Registration & Coffee

9:00am-9:15am – Welcome Remarks

9:15am-10:15am – Panel 1: Social Choice

  • Alessandra M. Casella, Professor of Economics & Political Science, Columbia University
  • Eric S. Maskin, Adams University Professor and 2007 Nobel Laureate, Harvard University
  • Thomas Palfrey, Flintridge Foundation Professor of Economics and Political Science, California Institute of Technology
  • Parag Pathak, Jane Berkowitz Carlton and Dennis William Carlton Professor of Microeconomics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Moderator: Navin Kartik, Professor of Economics, Columbia University

10:15am-10:30am – Break

10:30am-11:30am – Panel 2: Adverse Selection, Moral Hazard

  • Bengt Holmstrom, Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics and 2016 Nobel Laureate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Oliver Hart, Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics and 2016 Nobel Laureate, Harvard University
  • Michael D. Whinston, Sloan Fellows Professor of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Moderator: Bernard Salanié, Professor of Economics; Chair of Department of Economics, Columbia University

11:30am-11:45am – Break

11:45am-12:45pm – Panel 3: Risk Aversion

  • Pierre-André Chiappori, E. Rowan and Barbara Steinschneider Professor of Economics, Columbia University
  • Ulrike M. Malmendier, Edward J. and Mollie Arnold Professor of Finance and Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
  • Menahem Yaari, Professor of Economics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Moderator: Neng Wang, Chong Khoon Lin Professor of Real Estate & Professor of Finance, Columbia University

12:45pm-2:15pm – Lunch and Keynote: Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor and 2001 Nobel Laureate, Columbia University

2:15pm-3:15pm – Panel 4: General Equilibrium Theory

  • Aloisio Araujo, Professor, Associação Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (Brazil) and Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Brazil)
  • John Geanakoplos, James Tobin Professor of Economics, Yale University
  • Michael Magill, Professor of Economics, University of Southern California
  • Martine Quinzii, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of California, Davis
  • Moderator: Andrea Prat, Richard Paul Richman Professor of Business; Professor of Economics, Columbia University

3:15pm-3:30pm – Break

3:30pm-4:30pm – Panel 5: Education, Productivity and Growth

  • Gerald D. Jaynes, Professor of Economics; Professor of African American Studies, Yale University
  • Ravi Kanbur, T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs; International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University
  • Paul Romer, Chief Economist, World Bank Group
  • Eytan Sheshinski, Sir Isaac Wolfson Professor of Public Finance Emeritus, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Moderator: W. Bentley MacLeod, Sami Mnaymneh Professor of Economics; Professor of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University


5:00pm-7:00pm – 10th Annual Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture – Persistent Racial Inequality in the U.S.: An Economic Theorist's Account" delivered by Glenn C. Loury, Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences; Professor of Economics; and Professor of Public and International Affairs, Brown University. Learn more | Register here.

Sponsored by the Program for Economic Research, the Center on Global Economic GovernanceColumbia University Press, and the Finance Division at the Columbia Business School.