September 05, 2008

Vandeveer economics lectures start Sept. 12

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Sajal Lahiri, professor and Vandeveer Chair in the Department of Economics at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, recently announced the lineup for the fall 2008 Vandeveer Speaker Series in Economics.

All Vandeveer lectures begin at 3 p.m. in Faner Hall Room 4135. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Sept. 12 -- Huseyin Yildirim, “Subjective performance and the value of blind evaluation”

Yildirim is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at Duke University. An award-winning teacher, Yildirim specializes in industrial organization and also in political economy and public finance. He holds a doctorate from the University of Florida. Both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree are from Bilkent University in his native Turkey. His recent publications include articles in the “Journal of Economic Theory,” “Journal of Public Economic Theory,” and “International Economic Review.”

Sept. 19 -- Vitor Trindade, “Demand and Supply Effects in the Factor Content of Trade”

Trindade is an associate professor at the University of Missouri at Columbia, where he specializes in international and development economics. He earned his doctorate in economics at the University of California at San Diego. He also earned a master’s degree in physics at Brown University, a bachelor’s degree in modern Chinese at Beijing Language Institute and a licenciatura in physics at the University of Lisbon in his native Portugal. Recent publications include a chapter in “Intellectual Property, Growth and Trade,” forthcoming from Elsevier-North Holland press, and articles in “Southern Economic Journal” and “Journal of Development Economics.”

Nov. 7 -- Costas Azariadis, topic on monetary policy to be announced

Azariadis is the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts and Sciences and a professor of economics at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also the inaugural director of the Center for Dynamic Economics. His research specializations include economic development -- notably human capital, poverty traps and credit rationing -- and the dynamics of monetary and fiscal policies. His recent and forthcoming publications include articles in “Journal of Economic Theory,” “Macroeconomic Dynamics” and “European Economic Review.” He holds a master’s degree in business administration and a doctorate in economics from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a diploma in engineering from the National Technical University in Athens, Greece.

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