Conference on the Themes of Economics. Celebration of Irving Fisher on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of His Death

Celebration of Irving Fisher on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of His Death

May 8-9, 1998

Sponsored by: The Cowles Foundation and The Department of Economics

9:00 SESSION 1. Index Number Theory Using Differences Rather than Ratios
    Speaker: W. Erwin Diewert, University of British Columbia
    Discussants: Matt Shapiro, University of Michigan & Ariel Pakes, Yale University
10:45 SESSION 2. Taxing Consumption Rather than Income
    Speakers: John Shoven, Stanford University and John Whalley, University of Western Ontario
    Discussants: Alan Auerbach, University of California, Berkeley & Michael Graetz, Yale University
1:30 Tour of Fisher Collection in the Yale Archives
1:45 SESSION 3. Monetary Institutions and Policies: Rules, Instruments, Goals
    Speaker: Robert E. Hall, Stanford University
    Discussants: James Tobin, Yale University & Martin Shubik, Yale University
4:30 SESSION 4. How to Compute Equilibria in 1892
    Speakers: William C. Brainard, Yale University and Herbert E. Scarf, Cowles Foundation
    Discussants: Donald Brown, Yale University & Katepalli Sreenivasan, Yale University
7:00 Cocktails & Dinner, Graduate Club
    Irving Fisher of Yale — William Barber, Editor of The Works
9:00 SESSION 5. Econometric Analysis of Fisher’s Equation
    Speaker: Peter C.B. Phillips, Cowles Foundation
    Discussants: John Rust, Yale University & Christopher Sims, Yale University
10:45 SESSION 6. The Rate of Interest, Incomplete Markets, Indexed Bonds and Social Security
    Speaker: John Geanakoplos, Cowles Foundation
    Discussants: Robert Shiller, Cowles Foundation & Peter Diamond, MIT
1:45 SESSION 7. Wealth and Health: The Contribution of Improved Health Status to Living Standards
    Speaker: William Nordhaus, Yale University
    Discussants: Robert Dimand, Brock University & T.N. Srinivasan, Yale University
3:30 SESSION 8. Promoting the Population’s Health: The Role of Government
    Speaker: Victor Fuchs, Stanford University
    Discussants: Alan Feinstein, Yale University & Richard Zeckhauser, Harvard University, Kennedy School