Donald Gilbert Memorial Lecture Series

The Gilbert Lecture Series was started by the friends of Donald W. Gilbert, following his death in 1957. A central idea of the lecture series is to illuminate the practical side of economics, and show how economics can illuminate contemporary policy debates. The Gilbert Lecturers comprise a distinguished group. Eighteen of the Gilbert Lecturers subsequently received the Nobel Prize. Others have held influential policy-making positions in the US and elsewhere. 

55.Kevin Lang, "Tasks and Investment in Skills"  (November 4, 2021)
54.Tayfun Sonmez, "Fair Allocation of Vaccines, Ventilators and Antiviral Treatments: Leaving No Ethical Value Behind in Health Care Rationing", (March 23, 2021)
53.Paul Romer, "What's Preference Got To Do With It?", (April 25, 2019)
52.Jeremy Stein, "The Logic and Limits of Financial Regulation", (November 7, 2017)
51.Richard Blundell, "Tax Reform and its Implications for Inequality", (April 25, 2017)
50.Caroline Hoxby, "Expanding College Opportunities for High-Achieving, Low Income Students", (November 6, 2014)
49.James Poterba, "Economic Policy Challenges of an Aging Population", (November 8, 2012)
48.Gary Gorton, "The Financial Crisis of 2007-2008", (December 7, 2011)
47.David Cutler, "Promoting Value in Health Care", (December 14, 2009)
46.Eric Hanushek, "Will U.S. Schools Drag Us Down?", (December 8, 2008)
45.Michael Kremer, "Providing Basic Education and Health for All: An Evidence-Based Approach" (December 4, 2007)
44.Anne O. Krueger, "The Global Economy at the Beginning of the 21st Century" (April 6, 2006)
43.William Easterly, "Missionaries and Scientists in Economic Development" (October 30, 2003)
42.Richard H. Thaler, "Doing Economics without Homo Economicus" (January 30, 2003)
41.Michael Mussa, "Fun at the Fund : International Economic Policy Making During a Decade of Financial Crisis" (December 6, 2001)
40.Vernon Smith, "Reciprocity and Exchange" (September 18, 2000)
39.Peter Diamond, "Social Security Reform" (March 20, 2000)
38.Anna Schwartz, "Asian Banking Crises in the 1990s: All Alike?" (April 29, 1998)
37.Elhanan Helpman, "R&D and Economic Growth: The International Connection" (March 27, 1997)
36.James Heckman, "Does the United States Need a Human Capital Policy? If So, What Should It Be?" (April 15, 1996)
35.Richard A. Epstein, "Private Property in the Welfare State: Its Prospect for Survival" (October 26, 1993)
34.Dale Jorgenson, "Can Investment in Education Revive the Growth of the U.S. Economy?" (April 28, 1992)
33.Richard Schmalensee, "The Future of Environmental Policy" (April 28, 1992)
32.Stanislav Shatalin, "The Future of the Soviet Economy" (March 22, 1991)
31.Henry Aaron, "The Last Decade of the American Century: Policy for the Nineties" (April 16, 1990)
30.Stanley Fischer, "Development in East Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa" (April 12, 1989)
29.Thomas Schelling, "No Thyself: Self-Command, A Neglected Discipline" (April 7, 1987)
28.Rudolph Penner, "Must Government Grow?" (February 24, 1986)
27.Sir Alan A. Walters, "The Value of Economic Advice and Counsel" (April 17, 1985)
26.Robert W. Fogel, "Nutrition and the Decline of Mortality" (April 9, 1984)
25.Roger G. Noll, "The Case of the Militant Millionaire: Recent Developments in the Economics of Sports" (December 7, 1982)
24.Arnold Harberger, "The Inflation Syndrome" (December 1, 1981)
23.Gary S. Becker, "The Economic Analysis of Fertility" (April 9, 1981)
22.Paul W. MacAvoy, "The 'Experiment' with Regulating the Environment, Safety, and Health" (April 29, 1980)
21.Charles Kindleberger, "International Public Goods Without International Government?" (April 5, 1979)
20.Jack Hirshleifer, "Natural Economy vs. Political Economy" (March 30, 1978)
19.Franco Modigliani, "Some Applications of the Life Cycle Model: Implications for Government Policy" (April 19, 1977)
18.George J. Stigler, "Success and Failure in the Wealth of Nations" (February 18, 1976)
17.William J. Baumol, "Recycling-Problems, Prospects and Economic Incentives" (April 3, 1975)
16.Martin S. Feldstein, "The Social Security Explosion" (April 19, 1974)
15.Marina Whitman, "U.S. Economic Policy in an Era of Detente" (May 3, 1973)
14.Harry Johnson, "The International Monetary Crises of 1971" (May 3, 1972)
13.Kenneth Arrow, "Imposing Costs on Others" (April 15, 1971)
12.Sir W. Arthur Lewis, "Afro-American Economics" (April 9, 1970)
11.Richard Caves, "The New Industrial State" (April 17, 1969)
10.James Tobin, "Gold and the Wealth of Nations" (March 15, 1968)
9.Robert Solow, "Some Solved and Unsolved Problems in Stabilization Policy" (May 11, 1967)
8.Wassily Leontief, "Technological Change and Economic Growth" (May 12, 1966)
7.Ansley J. Coale, "The Causes and Consequences of Population Growth" (May 13, 1965)
6.Harry Eastman, "The Conflict Between Growth and Viability" in Canada" (May 14, 1964)
5.Kenneth Boulding, "The Infant Science of Conflict Management" (May 9, 1963)
4.Milton Friedman, "The Problem of the Balance of Payments and the Gold Flow" (May 11, 1962)
3.Paul Samuelson, "Unemployment and Growth in the American Economy" (May 11, 1961)
2.W. C. Hood, "Some Current Issues of Economic Policy in Canada" (April 7, 1960)
1.Richard Musgrave, "The Budget Outlook and Its Implication for the American Economy" (April 30, 1959)