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Bernie Saffran Lecture

Bernie Saffran, Franklin and Betty Barr Professor of Economics

This lecture honors the memory of Bernie Saffran, who taught and mentored generations of Swarthmore students until his sudden death in 2004. He was the Franklin and Betty Barr Professor of Economics, served as economics department chair from 1978 to 1983, and was actively involved in teaching and faculty governance at the time of his death. More...


Previous Bernie Saffran Lectures

3/18/24 Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham "The Economics of Debt Relief for Consumers."
11/10/22 David Autor

"The Labor Market Impacts of Technological Change: from Unbridled Enthusiasm to Qualified Optimism to Vast Uncertainty."

9/28/21 Leah Boustan, Princeton University "Streets of Gold: America's Untold Story of Immigrant Success." 
4/4/19 Gautam Gowrisankaran ‘91, University of Arizona "Hospital Competition and Bargaining."
11/9/17 Nancy Rose, MIT "Advancing Competition: The Role of Economics in Merger Policy."
3/20/17 Keith Head '86, University of British Columbia "The Future of Trade Under Trump."
10/21/15 Tahir Andrabi '84, Pomona College "Delivering Education: A pragmatic framework for improving education in low income countries."
4/8/15 Edward Gardner '81, International Monetary Fund "The Euro Area and the Perils of Monetary Union."
3/19/14 Timothy Taylor, Macalester College, Managing Editor, Journal of Economic Perspectives "Behavioral Economics: What's It All About."
4/1/13 Karen Pence '92. Assistant Dir., Research and Statistics, Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC "What Happened to the Housing Market"
3/15/12 Peter Temin '59, MIT "The Great Recession in Historical Perspective"
2/1/11 Christopher Udry '81, Yale University "Risk, Credit Constraints and Farmer's Investments in Ghana"
9/10/09 Alice Rivlin, Georgetown University and The Brookings Institution "Saving Market Capitalism"
10/30/08 Michael Greenstone '91, MIT "Predicting the Impact of Climate Change on Mortality in the US and India" Listen to this lecture.
11/15/07 Frank Levy, MIT "Institutions and Income Inequality in 20th Century America."