Nobel Laureate in Economics to speak at MSU Nov. 12

October 31, 2009 10:01:00 PM



The 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics who also was lead author of a report on climate change that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize will speak Nov. 12 at Mississippi State University. 


Joseph Stiglitz, a creator of the branch of study called "economics of information," will be featured at a free 7 p.m. public program in Lee Hall''s Bettersworth Auditorium.  


His visit is co-sponsored by the Campus Activities Board and agricultural economics department, as well as a number of College of Business units. 


"This visit presents an unparalleled opportunity for students, scholars and the public to hear the insights of one of the leading economic thinkers of our time," said Brian Watkins, director of the international business academic programs and coordinator of the event. 


Stiglitz holds the rank of University Professor at Columbia University. In addition to teaching at the business school, graduate school of arts and sciences and School of International and Public Affairs, he chairs Columbia''s Committee on Global Thought and is co-founder and co-president of the campus-based Initiative for Policy Dialogue. 


Recognized as a provocative thinker and prolific writer, he is featured frequently in major publications, among them Vanity Fair magazine and The Guardian of Great Britain.  


Sitglitz is the author of numerous books and textbooks, including "The Three Trillion Dollar War" (W.W. Norton, 2008), "Making Globalization Work" (Norton, 2006) and "Fair Trade for All" (Oxford University Press, 2006).  




Internationally recognized 


In 1979, Stiglitz received the John Bates Clark Award from the American Economic Association. The recognition honors an economist under 40 who has made the most significant contribution to the field.  


During the Clinton administration, he was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers and chaired that group 1995-97, before leaving to become chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank, a position he held until 2000.  


Last year, Stiglitz was appointed by French president Nicholas Sarkozy as chair of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress. He was also named by the president of the United Nations General Assembly to head the Commission of Experts on Reform of the International Financial and Monetary System.  


The Nov. 12 presentation will be streamed live on MSU''s Web site, For more information, contact the university''s International Business Academics program at 662-325-1996.