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March 11, 2013

Former economic adviser to President Obama to speak March 12 on Manhattan campus

Submitted by Crystal Strauss

Christina Romer

Christina Romer will give the Joe Tiao Lecture on Economic Issues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in Town Hall at the Leadership Studies Building. The title of the lecture will be "Lessons from the Great Depression for Policy Today." This lecture is open to the public.

Romer is the Garff B. Wilson professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also co-director of the program in monetary economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a regular contributor to the New York Times' Economic View column in the Sunday business section. From January 2009 until September 2010, Romer served as chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers.

An expert in economic history and macroeconomics, Romer is the author of numerous scholarly articles. She is best known for her work on the causes of the Great Depression and the subsequent recovery, as well as on the conduct and effects of monetary and fiscal policy. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her scholarship and teaching, including membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of California, Berkeley.

As chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Christina Romer helped design and guide the administration’s response to the Great Recession. She played a central role in macroeconomic policy, health care reform, and budget policy. In addition, she was a primary spokesperson on the economy for the administration, appearing frequently on the evening news, in the financial press and on the Sunday morning news programs.

The Joe Tiao Lecture Series enables the department to bring internationally acclaimed economists to campus each year. Each lecturer presents two lectures at K-State. The first is a public lecture on an economics issue of current interest and the second is a more technical seminar in the department. Romer will be giving the 11th public lecture in the series, which was initiated in 2006.