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UND’s Nistler College hosts inaugural Williams Distinguished Lectureship Series

The Department of Economics & Finance in the Nistler College of Business & Public Administration this past week hosted the inaugural Williams Distinguished Lectureship Series on Thursday, April 25, at Nistler Hall.

The aim of the lecture series is to invite world-renowned economists to UND to speak to the campus community and beyond, including students, faculty, alumni, policymakers and other community members.

The event was 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,” said Amy Henley, dean of the Nistler College of Business & Public Administration. “Collaborating with world-renowned scholars amplifies the research mission of the College and provides thought-provoking discussions for our students and faculty.”

UND alum Chad Syverson, the George C. Tiao Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, was the inaugural speaker.

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 talk, “Inflation, Economic Growth, and AI: It’s All About Productivity,” was presented to a full house with an engaging Q&A session and reception following the event.

“As our inaugural speaker for the series, Dr. Syverson hit it out of the ballpark,” said Chih Ming Tan, Page Endowed Chair in Applied Economics and associate dean for research. “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 growth in the long run.”

About UND Nistler College of Business & Public Administration

The Nistler College is the largest college of business and public administration in North Dakota and serves approximately 1,800 undergraduate and 300 graduate students annually. The Nistler College is in the top 5% of business schools worldwide through accreditation by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

Media Contact:

Laura Arneson, Director of External Relations, Nistler College of Business & Public Administration, 701.777.6937