Warsaw International Economic Meeting

Lecture Series in Honour of Leonid Hurwicz

"(...) if implementation is impossible or prohibitively costly,
even the most attractive mechanism remains a utopia."
                      Leonid Hurwicz, Nobel Prize Lecture, 2007

The aim of the Keynote Lecture Series is to honour the contribution to economics of prof. Leonid Hurwicz. While best known for his work on game theory and development of the theory of mechanism design for which he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2007 (jointly with Eric Maskin and Roger Myerson), Leonid Hurwicz realized the importance of the efficiency of practical functioning of mechanisms and the role of institutions in effective delivery of desired outcomes. Using his own words “…if implementation is impossible or prohibitively costly, even the most attractive mechanism remains a utopia”. This lecture series, organized by the Centre for Economic Analysis - CenEA, aims to focus primarily, though not exclusively, on evaluation of mechanisms and the issue of identification in economic empirical applications.

On 7th July 2012 prof. Richard Blundell delivered the inaugural lecture entitled "Empirical Evidence and Tax Reform: Lessons from the Mirrlees Review". Blundell is the David Ricardo Professor of Political Economy at University College London and since 1986 he has been Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

On 5th July 2013 prof Andrew Chesher delivered the keynote lecture entitled “Limited Information Econometrics”. Chesher is the William Stanley Jevons Professor of Economics and Economic Measurement at University College London and director of Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice (CeMMAP).

On 10th July 2014 prof. David Figlio delivered the keynote lecture entitled “Using Matched Administrative Data to Design and Improve Public Policy”. Figlio is the Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and of Economics at Northwestern University and director of the Institute for Policy Research.

On 2nd July 2015 prof. John van Reenen delivered the keynote lecture entitled “Restoring Productivity: Does Management Matter?” Van Reenen is Professor of Economics at London School of Economics and Political Science and director of the Centre for Economic Performance.

On 28th of June 2016 prof. James Heckman will deliver the fifth lecture in the series. Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College at University of Chicago, director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development. In 2000 he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (jointly with Daniel McFadden).

For more details about the Lecture Series and for links to past lectures see CenEA’s webpage here.