For over 30 years, the Cornelson Family Endowment has enabled the economics department to host the Cornelson Distinguished Lecture, an annual spring lecture by a prominent economist.

Previous Cornelson Lecturers include Nobel Laureates James Tobin, Oscar Arias Sanchez and Douglass C. North, previous Chairs of the President's Council of Economic Advisors N. Gregory Mankiw and Alan Krueger, and most recently James Poterba, current President of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Recent Cornelson Lecturers

Joseph Stiglitz
Professor of Economics at Columbia University and recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), presented the 2018 lecture "Capitalism, Inequality and Globalization."

James Poterba
Mistui Professor of Economics at MIT and President of the National Bureau of Economic Research, his lecture is entitled: "Economic Implications of an Aging U.S. Population."

Dean Karlan
Professor of Economics at Yale University and President and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action, Karlan presented the 2015 Cornelson Lecture entitled: "Pragmatic Optimism in the Fight Against Poverty: Lessons from Behavioral Economics."

Cecilia E. Rouse
Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, the Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education and Founding Director of the Princeton University Education Research Section.

Daron Acemoglu
Awarded the John Bates Clark Medal in 2005 as Best Economist Under Age 40, Acemoglu was named one of Foreign Policy magazine's "100 Global Thinkers for 2012."

Edward Glaeser
Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.