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Joe Tiao Lecture Series

About the series

August 29, 2018: Dr. Edward Lazear, The Davies Family Professor of Economics, Morris Arnold and Nona  Jean Cox Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution - Stanford University.

  1. Department Lecture - 342 Waters Hall, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29. "Why Are Some Immigrant Groups More Successful than Others?"
  2. Public Lecture - 1117 Reginer Forum, 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29. "The US Economy: New Policy, New Growth?"


April 27-28th, 2017: Dr. Stephen Turnovsky, Ford and Louisa Van Voorhis Professor of Economics, University of Washington.

  1. Public Lecture - Waters 231, 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. "Inequality and Growth: What are the Tradeoffs?" Tickets are required to attend the lecture and can be picked up for free in 327 Waters Hall. 
  2. Department Lecture - Room 127 Leadership Studies Building, 3:45-5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28. "The Distributional Consequences of Trade Liberalization: Consumption Tariff versus Investment Tariff Reduction."


October 27-28th, 2016: Dr. George Borjas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

  1. Public Lecture - Bluemont 101, 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27. "We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative"
  2. Department Lecture - Leadership Studies Building 123, 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Friday, October 28. "The Wage Impact of the Marielitos: A Reappraisal"

November 14-15, 2013: Dr. John List, Homer J. Livingston Professor of Economics, Chair, Dept of Economics, University of Chicago

  1. Public Lecture - Umberger 105, 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 14. "The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life"
  2. Department Lecture - Leadership Building 127, 9:00 a.m., Friday, November 15. "Using Field Experiments to Understand the Economics of Crime"


March 12-13, 2013: Dr. Christina Romer, Class of 1957 - Garff B. Wilson Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

  1. Public Lecture - Town Hall Room, Leadership Studies Building, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday
  2. Department Lecture - Waters 041, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Wednesday


April 19, 2012: Dr. Hilary Hoynes, University of California, Davis

  1. Public Lecture - Big 12 Room - KSU Student Union, 9:30 a.m.,  “Poverty: Facts, Causes and Consequences”
  2. Department Lecture - Waters 342, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Friday, "Income, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Infant Health"


April 14-15, 2011: Timothy J. Kehoe, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Economics, University of Minnesota, Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and National Bureau of Economic Research.

  1. Public Lecture - Little Theatre, Student Union, 3:45-5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 14, "What have we learned from studying Great Depressions?"
  2. Department Lecture - Waters 328, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Friday, April 15, "How Important is the New Goods Margin in International Trade?" with Kim J. Ruhl.


April 15-16, 2010: Ellen McGrattan, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

  1. Public Lecture - Big 12 Room of the Student Union, 3:45-5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 15, "Why is the United States in Debt to the World?"
  2. Department Lecture - Waters 137, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Friday, April 16, "The Transition to FDI Openness."


April 23-24, 2009: Daniel S. Hamermesh, Centennial Professor of Economics, University of Texas at Austin.

  1. Public Lecture - Big 12 Room of the Student Union, 3:45-5:00 p.m. Thursday April 23, "The Beauty Premium."
  2. Department Lecture - 328 Waters Hall, 3:30 p.m. Friday April 24, "The Timing of Labor Demand," joint with Ana Rute and Jose Varejao


February 23, 2009: Rebecca Blank, Brookings Institution.

  1. Public Lecture - Big 12 Room of the Student Union, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Monday February 23, "What Comes After Welfare Reform? A New Agenda for Fighting Poverty."
  2. Department Lecture - 329 Waters Hall, 10:30 a.m. Monday February 23, "The Impact of Earnings Disregards on the Behavior of Low Income Families," joint with Jordan Matsurida (Cornell University)


October 27-28, 2008: Chris Sims, Harold H. Helm ’20 Professor of Economics and Banking, Princeton University.

  1. Public Lecture - Big 12 Room of the Student Union, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Monday October 27th, "Government Debt, Inflation, and Monetary Policy." Lecture notes are available at http://www.princeton.edu/~sims/#KnssStt 
  2. Department Lecture - 137 Waters Hall, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tuesday October 28th, "Inflation Expectations, Uncertainty, The Phillips Curve, and Monetary Policy."


April 25, 2008: Ray Fair, Yale University.

  1. Public Lecture - Big 12 Room of the Student Union 9:30-11:00 a.m. Friday April 25th, "Predicting Presidential Elections."
  2. Department Lecture - 137 Waters Hall 3:30-5:00 p.m. Friday April 25th, "Estimating Term Structure Equations Using Macroeconomic Variables."


September 20-21, 2007: Michael Greenwood, University of Colorado.

  1. Public Lecture - Big 12 Room of the Student Union, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Friday September 21st, "The sex composition of U.S. immigration from Europe, 1870-1910: a panel study."
  2. Department Lecture - 329 Waters Hall, 4:00-5:30 p.m., "The Economic Consequences of U.S. Immigration."


April 5-6, 2007: David Sibley, Michael Stuart Centennial Professor in Economics, University of Texas at Austin.

  1. Public Lecture - Flint Hills Room of the Student Union, 9:30-11:00 a.m. Friday April 6th, "The Microsoft Case: Why It Came Out the Way it Did."
  2. Department Lecture - Waters 329, Thursday April 5th, "An antitrust analysis of bundled loyalty discounts."


November 30, 2006: Robert Crandall, Brookings Institution.

  1. Public Lecture - Cottonwood Room of the Student Union, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Thursday November 30th, "The Rise and Fall of Government Regulation."
  2. Department Lecture - "The Effects of Network-Sharing Regulation in Telecommunications: the United States v. The European Union."

 About the series:

Mr. Joe Tiao, originally from Taiwan, was studying economics in graduate school in Japan before joining Kansas State University in the 1970s. After he graduated from K-State with a master's degree in computer science, Mr. Tiao was an instructor and research associate in the department of agricultural economics at K-State when both economics and agricultural economics were in the same department. Mr. Tiao taught a course related to the economics of traffic control and transportation until the 1980s. In the early 1990s, Mr. Tiao started his real estate rental business. He is now the owner and manager of an apartment building company in Manhattan, Kansas.

Serving as a member on the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees, Mr. Tiao has been dedicated to helping the university community, including the department of economics. The department has benefited from the Joe Tiao Seminar Room, equipped with modern furniture and technology. This renovation was made possible by a generous contribution from Mr. Tiao in 2002-2003.

Motivated by his interest in contemporary economic issues and his dedication to promoting democracy and social justice, Mr. Tiao has continued to support the department of economics by setting up this lecture series. The Joe Tiao Lecture Series, initiated in 2006, enables the department to bring two internationally acclaimed economists to campus each year. Each Tiao Lecturer presents two lectures at K-State: a public lecture on an economics issue of current interest and a more technical seminar in the department.

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