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The 2012 Condliffe Memorial Lecture in Economics at Canterbury will be held on Wednesday, 5 December, as part of the University of Canterbury's ongoing "What If?" lecture series. This year, we're pleased to host Professor John Cochrane.

Here's the announcement:

Please RSVP via the University's website.

Update: the University's RSVP system is more than a little cumbersome here. If you can't get it to work, email me at and I'll make sure you get on the list.

The Economics Department is particularly proud of its Condliffe Lecture series. Prior years' speakers include:

  • 2005: Jerry Hausman: Consumer benefits from increased competition in shopping outlets: Measuring the effect of Wal-Mart.
  • 2006: Gene Grossman: Trading tasks: It's not wine for cloth anymore. 
  • 2007: Mark Blaug: Congestion charges: the solution to traffic problems?
  • 2008: Joel Slemrod: Tax policy in the real world
  • 2009: Hal Varian: Computer-mediated transactions
  • 2010: Charles Plott: The emergence of economics as a laboratory science
  • 2011: Martin Weitzman: Why is the economics of climate change so difficult and controversial?
  • 2012: John Cochrane: What if government's can't pay their debts?
  • 2013: Ed Glaeser has accepted our invitation to be next year's Condliffe Memorial Lecturer. I'll hope that he'll be talking about his work on the economics of the city.