Two lectures this spring by leading economists: Michelle Connolly and Daron Acemoglu, Spring 2009

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - The Economics Department at Vassar College will present lectures by two distinguished economists this spring: Michelle P. Connolly of the Federal Communications Commission (3/24) and Daron Acemoglu of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (4/21). Both are free and open to the public.

Connolly, the chief economist at the Federal Communications Commission and professor at Duke University, will discuss "Economics and Policy Making at the FCC" on Tuesday, March 24, at 5:00pm, in Sanders Auditorium (Sanders Classroom building, Room 212).

Acemoglu, one of the 20 most cited economists in the world, will speak about "Rethinking The Wealth of Nations," the foundational work of free market pioneer Adam Smith, on Tuesday, April 21, at 5:30 pm, in Taylor Hall 203. This is the annual Martin H. Crego lecture in economics.


Michelle P. Connolly
As chief economist, Michelle P. Connolly advises the FCC on the economic dimensions of its mission to regulate interstate and international communications. In addition to her work at the FCC, Connolly is an associate professor of economics at Duke University, where she researches the implications of technological diffusion, innovation, and intellectual property rights. Prior to joining the Duke faculty in 1997, she spent a year as an economist in international research at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her work has since been published in the Review of Industrial Organization, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Development Economics, and American Economic Review.

Daron Acemoglu
Born in Istanbul, Daron Acemoglu is the Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics at MIT. He was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal in 2005, which recognizes outstanding contributions from young American economists; the Sherwin Rosen award for labor economics in 2004; and the John von Neumann Award in 2007, from the Rajk Laszlo College for Advanced Studies in Budapest. A member of several economics institutes, including the Economic Growth program of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Economic Performance, and the Center for Economic Policy Research, Acemoglu is the co-editor of Econometrica, Review of Economics and Statistics, and the associate editor of the Journal of Economic Growth.

These events are sponsored by the Economics Department. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, February 25, 2009