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Tjalling C. Koopmans Memorial Lectures

The Cowles Foundation is honored to present the Tjalling C. Koopmans Memorial Lecture Series. These lectures were made possible by a special, generous gift from Truus W. Koopmans to Cowles to honor Professor Koopmans’s memory. We use these lectures to bring to Yale leading scholars who are working at the frontiers of areas in which Koopmans, who represented to many the quintessence of the Cowles Foundation, was interested.

March 1-2, 2022

Chuck Manski, Northwestern University

Lecture 1: "Econometrics for Decision Making"
Reception immediately following

Lecture 2: "Probabilistic Predictin for Binary Treatment Choice: with focus on personalized medicine"

April 24-25, 2018

Janet Currie, Princeton University

Lecture 1: "Medical decision making and physician performance"
Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave., 4:00-5:30 PM
Reception immediately following

Lecture 2: "Small Area Variations and Physician Decision Making: The Case of Depression"
Tobin Lounge, 28 Hillhouse Ave., 12:00-1:15 PM 

November 3–4, 2015

Pierre-André Chiappori, Columbia University

Lecture 1: "Matching with Transfers: Theory"
SOM, Evans Hall, Rm. 2420

Lecture 2: "Matching with Transfers: Applications"
Rosenfeld Hall, Rm. 109, 109 Grove St.

December 4–5, 2012

Jean Tirole, Toulouse School of Economics

Lecture 1: "Information, Tranching and Liquidity" (with Emmanuel Farhi, Harvard)

Lecture 2: "Bonus Culture" (with Roland Bénabou, Princeton)

November 2–3, 2010

Kenneth I. Wolpin, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

Lecture 1: "Ex Ante Policy Evaluation"

Lecture 2: "The Limits of Inference without Theory" (Cowles Lunch)

Book based on lectures: The Limits of Inference without Theory, MIT Press, 2013

September 23–24, 2008

Lars Hansen, Homer J. Livingston Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago

Lecture 1: "Long-Term Components of Risk Prices"

Lecture 2: "Fragile Beliefs and Pricing" (Cowles Lunch)

September 26–27, 2006

James Heckman, Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, University of Chicago, Econometric Policy Evaluation

Lecture 1: "Cowles Commission Structural Models, Causal Effects and Treatment Effects: A Synthesis"

Lecture 2: "Instrumental Variables: Then and Now" (Cowles Lunch)

February 24–25, 2004

Paul Milgrom, Shirley R. and Leonard W. Ely Professor School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University

Lecture 1: "Ascending Auctions with Package Bidding"

Lecture 2: "Auctions, Matching and the Law of Aggregate Demand"

March 1, 1996

Peter A. Diamond, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Privatization of Social Security"

October 25, 1994

Alain Monfort, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique at INSEE

"A Reappraisal of Misspecified Econometric Models"

April 15, 1993

Thomas C. Schelling, University of Maryland

"Cash or Kind Revisited"

November 8, 1991

Janos Kornai, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Harvard University

"Mathematical Planning Revisited"

November 8, 1989

Menahem E. Yaari, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

"A Humean Theory of Cooperation"