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  • An Evening with Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Joseph Stiglitz

    The Global Costs of the Iraq Conflict: An Evening with Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Joseph Stiglitz

    Sponsors: College of Arts and Sciences, Albers School of Business and Economics, and the World Affairs Council
    When: Thursday, October 16, 2008 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
    Where: Campion Tower (Campion Ballroom)

    College of Arts and Sciences: students, faculty, and staff, may obtain free tickets in the Dean's Office (Casey 1 west).  OUT OF TICKETS!   
    Alber's School of Business: students, faculty and staff may obtain free tickets from Barb Hauke (Pigott 313).
    World Affairs Council: You may purchase tickets through the World Affairs Council online at, by calling (206) 441-5910, or by registering at the event at 6:15 pm.


    What have been the true costs of the Iraq war? What will be the long-term impacts of these costs on our economy, on top of the rising price of oil and federal bailouts? How should the next U.S. administration think about its policy priorities, if it considers all the non-budgetary costs of the war?

    The World Affairs Council presents Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning Economist and Professor. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his analyses of markets with asymmetric information, and he was a lead author of the 1995 Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is now a University Professor at Columbia University in New York and Chair of Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia.

    Stiglitz was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1993-95, during the Clinton administration, and served as CEA chairman from 1995-97. He then became Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 1997-2000. In 2008, he was appointed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to chair a Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Economic Progress. His work has helped explain the circumstances in which markets do not work well, and how selective government intervention can improve their performance. He founded one of the world’s leading economics journals, The Journal of Economic Perspectives and is recognized around the world as a leading economic educator.

    A graduate of Amherst College, he received his PhD from MIT in 1967, became a full professor at Yale in 1970, and in 1979 was awarded the John Bates Clark Award, given biennially by the American Economic Association to the economist under 40 who has made the most significant contribution to the field.


    For more information please contact: Karen Porterfield,, (206) 296-2509


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