A conversation with 2002 Nobel laureate Vernon Smith

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Join Hannah Hennighausen, assistant professor of economics, for a conversation with 2002 Nobel laureate Vernon Smith Friday, March 3, 12-1 p.m. in Rasmuson Hall 101. Hennighausen and Smith will discuss a range of topics, from how the Nobel laureate became interested in economics and his experiences growing up to his thoughts on Alaska policy issues and receiving the Nobel prize.

Early in his career, Dr. Smith recognized and exploited the power of experimental methods to address economic questions. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science “for having established laboratory experiments as a tool in empirical economic analysis, especially in the study of alternative market mechanisms.” 

His work expanded our knowledge of economic behavior and laid the foundation for the new field of experimental economics. As a result, economic experiments are now conducted in labs worldwide — including at UAA!

Dr. Smith is an affiliated faculty member in the College of Business and Public Policy's Department of Economics and served as the department’s first Rasmuson Chair in economics. He spearheaded the development of a new experimental economics program at UAA by encouraging faculty to incorporate experiments into their teaching and research.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Smith back to Alaska for an informal conversation on various topics. This event is open to UAA faculty, staff and students.

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