International Economics Society to hold annual meeting at WFU

The History of Economics Society will hold its 28th annual meeting at Wake Forest University June 29-July 2. All sessions will be held in Worrell Professional Center.

The media is invited to attend the meeting, which is not open to the public. To sit-in on one of the sessions or to arrange an interview with one of the economics experts, contact the News Service.

The three-day event will feature more than 100 economic historians from around the world discussing such issues as “Business Cycles and Unemployment,” “Economic Activity as Reflected in Painting: The Contrasting Views of Economists and Art Historians” and “Charles Dickens Versus the Malthusian Analysis of Poverty.”

Stephen Stigler, Ernest DeWitt Burton Distinguished Service Professor of Statistics at the University of Chicago, will deliver the society’s guest lecture, “Statisticians and the History of Economics,” at 6 p.m. on June 29. Stigler, a renowned historian of statistics, is the author of “The History of Statistics: The Measurement of Uncertainty before 1900” and “Statistics on the Table: The History of Statistical Concepts and Methods.” He is the son of the late George Stigler, Nobel Prize winner in economics.

Wake Forest Professor of Economics Dan Hammond, who is president-elect of the society, is hosting the event. Hammond and his wife Claire, who is also a professor of economics at Wake Forest, will present a paper on 50 years of correspondence between George Stigler and Milton Friedman, another Nobel Prize-winning economist, during the meeting.

Other Wake Forest faculty presenting at the meeting include Mike Lawler, professor of economics; Don Frey, professor of economics; John Moorhouse, Archie Carroll Professor of Ethical Leadership; and John Baxley, Wake Forest Professor of Mathematics.

The History of Economics Society has an international membership of about 300. It was founded in 1974 to promote interest in and inquiry into the history of economics, facilitate communication among scholars in the economics field and to disseminate knowledge about the history of economics.

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