Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture Series

Kenneth J. Arrow’s work has so deeply shaped the course of economics for the past sixty years that, in a sense, every modern economist is his student. His ideas, style of research, and breadth of vision have been a model for generations of the boldest, most creative, and most innovative economists. His work has yielded such seminal theorems as general equilibrium, social choice, and endogenous growth, proving that simple ideas have profound effects. The Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture Series highlights economists, from Nobel laureates to groundbreaking younger scholars, whose work builds on Arrow’s scholarship as well as his innovative spirit. The books in the series are an expansion of the lectures that are held in Arrow’s honor at Columbia University.

The lectures have been supported by Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought, Program for Economic Research, Center on Global Economic Governance, and Initiative for Policy Dialogue.

Previous Arrow Lectures

2018: Market Design in Large Worlds: The Example of Kidney Exchange
Lecturer: Alvin Roth, Stanford University
Discussants: Parag Pathak, Joseph E. Stiglitz

2017: Persistent Racial Inequality in the U.S.: An Economic Theorist’s Account
Lecturer: Glenn C. Loury, Brown University
Discussants: Steven N. Durlauf, Rajiv Sethi, Joseph E. Stiglitz

2016: Credit Surfaces, Leverage Cycles, and Doom Loops
Lecturer: John Geanakoplos, Yale University
Discussants: Kenneth J. Arrow, Tano Santos, Joseph E. Stiglitz

2015: Career and Family: Collision or Confluence
Lecturer: Claudia Goldin, Harvard University
Discussants: Kenneth J. Arrow, Christopher Flinn, Joseph E. Stiglitz

2014: Prices and Decentralization without Convexity
Lecturer: Paul Milgrom
Discussants: Jay Sethuraman, Kenneth Arrow, Joseph E. Stiglitz

Book: Discovering Prices: Auction Design in Markets with Complex Constraints, 2017

2013: Pricing the Planet’s Future: The Economics of Discounting Under an Uncertain Future
Lecturer: Christian Gollier, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE)
Discussants: Bernard Salanié; Joseph Stiglitz; Kenneth Arrow

Book: Ethical Asset Valuation and the Good Society, 2017

2012: Moral Hazard in Health Insurance: Developments Since Arrow (1963)
Lecturer: Amy Finkelstein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Discussant: Jonathan Gruber; Joseph Stiglitz; Kenneth Arrow

Book: Moral Hazard in Health Insurance, 2014

2011: Persons and Time in the Welfare Economics of Climate Change
Lecturer: Partha Dasgupta, University of Cambridge
Discussants: Scott Barrett; Geoffrey Heal; Joseph Stiglitz; Kenneth Arrow

Book: Time and the Generations: Population Ethics for a Diminishing Planet, 2019

2010: Speculation, Trading, and Bubbles
Lecturer: Jose A. Scheinkman, Princeton University (now Columbia)
Discussants: Patrick Bolton, Sanford (Sandy) Grossman; Joseph Stiglitz; Kenneth Arrow

Book: Speculation, Trading, and Bubbles, 2014

2009: Social Choice and Individual Values
Lecturers: Eric Maskin, IAS and Amartya Sen, Harvard
Discussants: Joseph Stiglitz

Book: The Arrow Impossibility Theorem, 2014

2008: Helping Infant Economies Grow: Promoting Innovation and Learning in Developing Countries
Lecturers: Bruce Greenwald and Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia
Discussants: Philippe Agion, Robert Solow, Kenneth Arrow

Book: Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress, 2014 and Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress, Reader’s Edition, 2015

Columbia University Press