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Inaugural Williams Distinguished Lectureship Series

The Department of Economics & Finance, within in the Nistler College of Business & Public Administration, was proud to host the inaugural Williams Distinguished Lectureship Series on Thursday, April 25, 2024 at Nistler Hall.

The aim of the Williams Distinguished Lectureship Series is to invite world renowned economists to come to UND to speak to a broad audience that would include students at all levels, faculty across the University, alumni, policy makers, and other community members. This event is made possible through the generous contributions of UND Alumni Jim and Barbara Williams.

“We are so grateful for the generous contributions of Jim and Barbara Williams to make events like these possible for the Nistler College. Collaborating with world renowned scholars amplifies the research mission of the Nistler College, and provides thought-provoking discussion for our students and faculty,” says Amy Henley, Dean of the Nistler College of Business & Public Administration.

UND Alumnus, Dr. Chad Syverson, the George C. Tiao Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, served as the inaugural speaker for this event.

Dr. Syverson’s research spans several topics, with a particular focus on the interactions of firm structure, market structure, and productivity. His research has been published in several top journals and has earned multiple National Science Foundation Awards.

His public talk, “Inflation, Economic Growth, and AI: It’s all about Productivity,” was presented to a packed house, with an engaging Q & A sessions and reception following the event.

“As our inaugural speaker for the series, I think Dr. Syverson hit it out of the ballpark! I think the success of this event rested on Dr. Syverson’s uncanny ability to so clearly demonstrate how with just a little bit of economic theory, we can focus in on the forces that are driving current trends in inflation and economic growth, and, importantly, the forces that will assure that we do have growth in the long-run,” says Dr. Chih Ming Tan, Associate Dean for Research and Page Endowed Chair in Applied Economics.