The Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy

The Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy was launched in 2008 in honor of Northwestern alumna Susan Schmidt Bies. Bies, who earned her doctorate in economics from Northwestern University in 1972, served in various capacities during a long career, including on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2001 until 2007. The lecture will alternate between microeconomic and macroeconomic topics.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Room G40, Donald P. Jacobs Center

Carl Shapiro

Carl Shapiro
(University of California, Berkeley)

"Title to be Announced"

Carl Shapiro is the Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy in the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.

He served as a Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during 2011-12. For the two years immediately prior to that, he was the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; he also held that position during 1995-96. From 1998 to 2008, He has been Editor and Co-Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, among other honors. Shapiro earned his Ph.D. in Economics at M.I.T. in 1981, taught at Princeton University during the 1980s, and has been on the Berkeley faculty since 1990.

He has published extensively in the areas of industrial organization, competition policy, patents, the economics of innovation, and competitive strategy. His current research interests include competition policy, the economics of innovation, the design and use of patents, housing finance, and energy and environmental economics.



Video of the Most Recent Lecture

Christina Romer (University of California, Berkeley): "The Aftermath of Financial Crises: It Doesn't Have to be Terrible" April 7, 2014.

Previous Bies Lectures


Christina Romer
University of California, Berkeley
"The Aftermath of Financial Crises: It Doesn't Have to be Terrible"
April 7, 2014
Link to Video
Esther Duflo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ester Duflo "Hope, Aspirations and the Design of the Fight Against Poverty"
April 11, 2013
Link to Video

Olivier Blanchard
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the International Monetary Fund

Oliver Blanchard "The Crisis; Where we are and where we may go."
April 30, 2012
Link to Video
David Cutler
Harvard University
David Cutler "The Coming Transformation of American Medicine"
May 19, 2011
Jean-Claude Trichet
President, European Central Bank
Jean-Claude Trichet "What Central Banks can do in a Crisis"
April 27, 2010
Preston McAfee
Yahoo! Inc.
Preston McAfee "The Economics of Internet Advertising and Public Policy"
April 21, 2009
John B. Taylor
Stanford University
John B. Taylor "The Explanatory Powers of Monetary Policy Rules"
March 31, 2008


Dale Mortensen

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