Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

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Friedman Forum

The counterpart to the popular and long-running Becker Brown Bag Series, the Friedman Forum series was created for undergraduates, offering them an opportunity for informal discussion with prominent economists. These casual and flexible talks will highlight economic analysis as a powerful tool for understanding a wide range of real-world issues and problems. Questions are welcomed.
 
The Institute gratefully acknowledges generous funding for this series from the College of the University of Chicago.
 
 

2016-2017 Friedman Forum Undergraduate Lecture Series

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About the series

This counterpart to the popular and long-running Becker Brown Bag Series was created for undergraduates, offering them an opportunity for informal discussion with prominent economists. These casual and flexible talks will highlight economic analysis as a powerful tool for understanding a wide range of real-world issues and problems. Questions are welcomed. Lunch is provided.

2015-16 Friedman Forum Undergraduate Lecture Series

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About the series

This counterpart to the popular and long-running Becker Brown Bag Series was created for undergraduates, offering them an opportunity for informal discussion with prominent economists. These casual and flexible talks will highlight economic analysis as a powerful tool for understanding a wide range of real-world issues and problems. Questions are welcomed.

Millennial Goals: What’s Happened? What’s Next?

 

At the turn of the millennium, the United Nations set a list of eight Millennium Development Goals, to be accomplished over 2001-15. In 2015 it will pick a new slate of goals. Nancy Stokey, the Frederick Henry Prince Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College at the University of Chicago, assesses the success in accomplishing the first set of goals and discusses some of the issues in choosing the next set.

2014-15 Friedman Forum Undergraduate Lecture Series

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About the series

This counterpart to the popular and long-running Becker Brown Bag Series was created for undergraduates, offering them an opportunity for informal discussion with prominent economists. These casual and flexible talks will highlight economic analysis as a powerful tool for understanding a wide range of real-world issues and problems. Questions are welcomed.

2013-14 Friedman Forum Undergraduate Lecture Series

About the series

This counterpart to the popular and long-running Becker Brown Bag Series was created for undergraduates, offering them an opportunity for informal discussion with prominent economists. These casual and flexible talks will highlight economic analysis as a powerful tool for understanding a wide range of real-world issues and problems. Questions are welcomed.

The institute gratefully acknowledges generous funding for this series from the College of the University of Chicago.

Confronting Risk and Ambiguity in Macroeconomics and Finance

 

For decades or centuries, economists and decision theorists have struggled to use probability to understand how individuals respond to risk and ambiguity. When investors or consumers face a complex economic environment, it is challenging to represent the uncertainty they face with probability theory. At this Friedman Forum, Lars Peter Hansen, a leader in this field, demonstrates how to think about this problem—and why it matters.