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The Clare Hall Tanner Lecture on Human Values 2023: Professor Paul Krugman and Professor Meg Jacobs

Date: Tuesday 14 March 2023
Location: Robinson College Auditorium, Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9AN

The 2023 Tanner Lecture at Clare Hall is to be delivered by the Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics, together with Dr Meg Jacobs, Senior Research Scholar at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. They will explore current and historic inflation.

About our speakers

As one of the world’s best-known and most acclaimed economists, Professor Paul Krugman speaks on the leading issues of the day affecting the world economy. An insightful, outspoken Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times, he is a passionate and articulate speaker, with a gift for relating global economic events to his audiences, and is committed to speaking the truth as he sees it in the most compelling terms. His twice-weekly Op-Ed pieces for the New York Times model the depth of insight and the unflinchingly outspoken style he brings to his speeches. Professor Krugman won the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his ground-breaking work on international trade and economic geography. He is the author or editor of 20 books and more than 200 papers in professional journals and edited volumes. Professor Krugman is one of the founders of the ‘new trade theory,’ a major rethinking of the theory of international trade, for which he also received the John Bates Clark medal in 1991 from the American Economic Association – a prize given every two years to ‘that economist under forty who is adjudged to have made a significant contribution to economic knowledge’. He also is the leading pioneer in economic geography — the economic dynamics that determine how and why certain places (like Silicon Valley) end up specialising economically and the advantages this kind of clustering brings to companies
and economies. The overarching theme to his work: bringing the theory of increasing returns into the economic mainstream.

Dr Meg Jacobs is a Research Scholar in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs teaching courses in public policy and history. She received her PhD in 1998 from the University of Virginia and was an Associate Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been a Fellow at the Harvard Business School, the Charles Warren Center, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Her book Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and The Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s looks at why American politicians failed to devise a long-term energy policy. She is the author of Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America, which was published with Princeton University Press and won the Organization of American Historians’ 2006 prize for the best book on modern politics.

Useful information

Invitations are being circulated now. This is an in-person only event, and there will not be a livestream or video recording.

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