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Department of Economics

Seminars and Research

Steine Lecture Series

Thursday, February 17th, 2011, 4:00-5:30pm Cohen Hall, room 203, Peabody Campus

Chris Sims
Harold H. Helm ’20 Professor of Economics and Banking, Princeton University

"Do Deficits and Monetary Expansion in the US Pose an Inflation Risk?"


Christopher Sims is the Harold H. Heim ’20 Professor of Economics and Banking at Princeton University.  He joined the Princeton faculty in 1999. Sims has also held faculty positions at Harvard University, the University of Minnesota, and Yale University.  He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard in 1968.
Among his many honors, Sims is President-Elect of the American Economic Association, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Econometric Society.  He has previously served as President of the Econometric Society.  Sims has helped edited a number of journals, including serving a term as Co-Editor of Econometrica.  He has also served in advisory roles to numerous agencies and professional societies, including the National Research Council and the National Science Foundation.
Sims’ research has laid the foundation for further developments in many important areas of empirical and theoretical macroeconomics.  He is one of the pioneers in the use of vector autoregression and generalized method of moments, both of which are now essential econometric tools for understanding the dynamic structure of the macro economy.  In theoretical macroeconomics, Sims has contributed to the development of a new approach to price level determination based on the idea that price stability depends on governments running a balanced budget over the business cycle and to the development of a new framework for the analysis of monetary policy issues based on agents who update their information infrequently.


Monday, October 4th, 2010
François Bourguignon, Director of the Paris School of Economics and former Chief Economist for the World Bank
"Global Inequality" [video]

Thursday, April 1, 2010
Dale Mortensen, Nobel Laureate from Northwestern University
"Firm Heterogeneity: A reason some similar people are paid differently" [video]

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
John Taylor, Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University and the Janice Arthur McCoy Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
"Getting Off Track: How Government Caused, Prolonged, and Worsened the Financial Crisis" [windows video]   [real player video]

Thursday, November 15th, 2007
Elhanan Helpman, Harvard University
"International Specialization: New Perspectives"

Thursday, November 2, 2006
N. Gregory Mankiw, Harvard University

Thursday, September 8, 2005
Reinhard Selten, Nobel Laureate from the University of Bonn
"Stationary Equilibrium Concepts for Experimental 2 by 2 Games"

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005
Daron Acemoglu, MIT
"Rethinking the Wealth of Nations"

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005
George A. Akerlof, Nobel Laureate from the University of California at Berkeley
"Identity and the Economics of Organizations" [windows or real player video]

Monday, October 27th, 2003
Ronald W. Jones, the Xerox Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester
"Globalization and the Theory of Input Trade"

Wednesday, September 25, 2002
Martin Feldstein, Harvard University
"Preventing Economic Crisis"

Seminars and Research

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