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2018 Eccles Prize for Economic Writing featuring Jean Tirole

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Please join us for the George S. Eccles Prizes ceremony, featuring Jean Tirole, winner of the Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing for his book Economics for the Common Good.

When Jean Tirole won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics, he suddenly found himself being stopped in the street by complete strangers and asked to comment on issues of the day. This prompted him to reflect further on the role economists and their discipline play in society. The result is Economics for the Common Good, a passionate manifesto for a world in which economics is a positive force for the common good.

The event will also award Roger F. Murray Associate Professor of Finance Xavier Giroud, winner of the Eccles Research Award in Finance & Economics.

The evening will include a Q&A session led by Glenn Hubbard, dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School.

About Jean Tirole

Jean Tirole is chairman of the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST, which he helped found in 2011). He is also affiliated with MIT, where he holds a visiting position, and with EHESS, and is a member of the French Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques. He has published over 200 articles in international reviews, as well as 12 scientific books. His latest book, entitled Economics for the Common Good, is accessible to a wide audience. He was president of the Econometric Society in 1998 and of the European Economic Association in 2001.

He holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from 11 universities, and is an honorary member of a number of learned societies, including the United States National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received many honors, including the Yrjö Jahnsson prize of the European Economic Association in 1993, the gold medal of the CNRS in 2007, the inaugural BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award in economics, finance and management in 2008, and the Nemmers prize in 2014.

When awarding him solo the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2014 for his research on understanding and regulating markets, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences applauded Jean Tirole as “one of the most influential economists of our times.”

About the George S. Eccles Prizes

A 1922 graduate of Columbia Business School, the late George S. Eccles established this prize and speaker forum at his alma mater 30 years ago to foster greater interest in and public discourse about economic theory, practice, and issues. The prize is awarded annually to the author of the best book or writings on economics that bridge theory and practice.

During its initial years (1986-98), prize winners included such notables as Henry Kaufman, Mary Ann Keller, Ron Chernow and Daniel Yergin, to name a few. In 2010, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation — in honor and memory of its founder — re-established the prize and speaker forum and added an annual faculty Research Award in Finance and Economics.

The selection of both prizes is made by a committee of leading Columbia Business School faculty and a member of the Eccles family.

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