Past lectures

"The Dismal State of the Supply of Kidneys for Transplants and What To Do About It"
May 16, 2012
Gary Becker gave this talk.
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"Ideological Segregation Online and Offline"
April 19, 2012
Jesse M. Shapiro, Professor of Economics at the Chicago Booth School of Business, gave the last talk in this series.
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“A Conversation with Austan Goolsbee”
February 16, 2012
Austan D. Goolsbee, the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics, returned to his faculty position at Chicago Booth after serving on the Council of Economic Advisers under President Obama. Guided by questions from his colleague Steven Levitt, Goolsbee gave an honest and entertaining account of life in Washington's policy circles and provided a few bits of career advice in the latest talk in this series.

“The Fiscal Situation, Economic Recovery, and the Labor Market”
Oct. 11, 2011
Edward Lazear
Lazear, the Jack Steele Parker Professor of Human Resources Management and Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business and chair of the Becker Friedman Institute Board of Overseers, discussed the causes of and response to the 2007-08 financial crisis. He shared his experiences dealing with the crisis as chair of the the President's Council of Economic Advisers during  this period, highlighting what actions helped, hurt, and had little impact.
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Too Many Choices, Too Much Information?
Nov. 10, 2011
Emir Kamenica, Associate Professor of Economics, Chicago Booth School of Business
How many different varieties should a firm offer to its customers? How much information should it provide about the customers' fit with its products? Kamenica will examine the implications of economic theory for these questions and finds that the answers can be counterintuitive: consumers might be better off when they are offered fewer products and a firm might find it profitable to keep consumers in (partial) dark about how well its product match the consumers' needs.
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