Economics

History Professor Carl Wennerlind’s most recent book focuses on a financial system come undone, a public looking to its government for answers, and a monetary system badly in need of trust and transparency.

Since the global financial meltdown of 2008, a great debate has ensued over how best to regulate Wall Street’s excesses.

Dorian Warren
Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Q. What are some key differences between the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections?

Left: Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Right: Alvin E. Roth, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics. Images courtesy of Duke University Photography and Harvard University

Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz, a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. And Alvin E. Roth, a Columbia Engineering alumni, won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics.

From left: Glen Hubbard and Jeffrey Liebman debating on Oct. 8 during the World Leaders Forum Image credit: Michael Dames/Columbia University

Debate season isn’t confined to television screens as the presidential campaign hurtles to Election Day. Columbia representatives of President Barack Obama (CC’83) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are going toe-to-toe making their candidates’ case for election.

Alvin E. Roth, who graduated from Columbia Engineering in 1971 and is currently the George Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration at Harvard, was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics for his pioneering work in the practical design of market institutions.

Maeve Kerr, a high school student on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, spent part of the summer helping a Columbia researcher measure how patients respond to advice from health care providers.

University Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate and co-chair of Columbia's Committee on Global Thought, has long been interested in income inequality.

Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, spoke at the conference in Low Library on April 26.
According to professor Jonah Rockoff’s research, teachers who produce strong test scores have a lasting impact on students’ lives.

Teachers who succeed in raising standardized test scores have a lasting influence on their students’ lives, helping them avoid teenage pregnancy, go to college and earn more money as adults, according to new research from Columbia and Harvard economists that has attracted widespread attent

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