Nobel Prize-Winning Economist to Address Smith Community
April 1, 2009, Nobel Prize winner Dr. George Akerlof will address faculty,
staff and students of the Smith School.
Dr. Akerlof is an American economist and Koshland Professor of
Economics at the
University of California, Berkeley. He won the 2001
Nobel Prize in
Economics for his contributions to the analyses of markets with asymmetric
The Smith community will join him to hear ideas from his new book,
Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for
Global Capitalism, which details how “animal spirits” are driving financial
events worldwide – from blind faith in ever-rising housing prices to plummeting
confidence in capital markets.
The first 75 students to attend will receive a
free copy of Akerlof’s book, and a book signing will follow his address.