The Economics and Finance Department, as well as the Economics Honor Society, hosts the annual Henry George Program, which is named after an American economist and social reformer. The program contains both a fall and spring lecture. The first lecture series was held in the spring of 1992. The lectures are organized around the theme of economic justice, economic development, poverty, inequality, asset-ownership and taxation.
In past years, The University has hosted speakers from a plethora of renowned institutions. Speakers have included Ivan Png of National University of Singapore, Ravi Kanbur of Cornell University and Howard Chang of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
The most recent speakers were Robert Hockett of Cornell University who gave a talk on “A Just Ownership Society,” Chang who lectured on immigration issues, and Jonathan Morduch, of New York University, who spoke about social investment.
The University is both honored and excited to present Philippe Aghion, PhD; for this year’s fall lecture. He was born in Paris, where he developed a strong interest in the study of economics. Aghion is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, has a Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) in Mathematical Economics from University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is currently a professor of economics at Harvard, fellow of the Econometric Society and serves as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In addition to these prestigious roles, he is an invited professor at the Paris School of Economics, has previously served as a Professor at University College London, is an official fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford and was an assistant professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His talk this year is titled “What Do We Learn from Schumpeterian Growth Theory?” His main research focuses on the economics of growth and contract.
With Peter Howitt, he pioneered the so-called Schumpeterian Growth paradigm, which was subsequently used to analyze the design of growth policies and the role of the state in the growth process.
Much of this work is summarized in their joint books” Endogenous Growth Theory,” and “The Economics of Growth, “in his book with Rachel Griffith, “Competition and Growth” and more recently in Repenser l’Etat. In 2001, Aghion received the Yrjo Jahnsson Award for the best European economist under age 45.
The lecture will take place Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom, The DeNaples Center. University students, staff and community are invited to attend this exceptional lecture.