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The Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy

About the Lecture

The Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy was launched in 2008 in honor of Northwestern alumna Susan Schmidt Bies. Bies, who earned her doctorate in economics from Northwestern University in 1972, served in various capacities during a long career, including on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2001 until 2007. The lecture alternates between microeconomic and macroeconomic topics.

2024 lecture

gita-gopinath_100.pngGita Gopinath
International Monetary Fund

"Gita Gopinath: a Conversation with Lawrence Christiano"
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Previous Bies Lectures


Darrell Duffie
Stanford University

"The Economics of U.S. Digital Currency Policy.”
April 26, 2022
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piketty131x180.jpgThomas Piketty
Paris School of Economics
"Rising Inequality and Globalization"
April 18, 2019
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Lawrence H. Summers
Harvard University


"Current Policy Challenges Facing the U.S."
October 18, 2017
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Claudia GoldinClaudia Goldin
Harvard University
"Career and Family: Collision or Confluence"
May 2, 2017
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Ben S. BernankeBen S. Bernanke
Brookings Institution
"In Conversation with Professor Janice Eberly"
April 25, 2016
The event was not recorded
CaCarl Shapirorl Shapiro
University of California, Berkeley
"Antitrust Limits on Mergers: Protecting Consumers and Enabling Synergies"
May 13, 2015
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Christina Romer
University of California, Berkeley

"The Aftermath of Financial Crises: It Doesn't Have to be Terrible"
April 7, 2014
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Esther Duflo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Hope, Aspirations and the Design of the Fight Against Poverty"
April 11, 2013
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Olivier Blanchard 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the International
Monetary Fund

"The Crisis; Where we are and where we may go."
April 30, 2012
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David Cutler
Harvard University
"The Coming Transformation of American Medicine"
May 19, 2011
Trechet headshotJean-Claude Trichet
President, European Central Bank

"What Central Banks can do in a Crisis"
April 27, 2010

Preston McAfee
Yahoo! Inc.

"The Economics of Internet Advertising and Public Policy"
April 21, 2009

John B. Taylor
Stanford University

"The Explanatory Powers of Monetary Policy Rules"
March 31, 2008