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Cal-Berkeley economist to deliver Clemens Lecture Oct. 9

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September 20, 2017

David Card

Economist David Card will deliver the 2017 Clemens Lecture at 8 p.m. Monday Oct. 9, at the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, Saint John’s University.

His lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “The Economics of Immigration.” His research has shown that the economic impact of new immigrants is minimal.

Card is the Class of 1950 Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

In 1995, Card was honored with the John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association. The medal is rewarded every other year to economists who have made significant contributions to economic thought and knowledge for people under the age of 40.

More recently, he was awarded the 2015 BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award for his contributions to evidence-based economic policy. He and Alan Krueger (Princeton University) were named co-recipients of the IZA Labor Economics Award in 2006. According to the IZA Prize Committee, their work crucially shaped the research agenda in labor economics and raised the standards for empirical research in applied economics. Card was also awarded the Frisch Medal by the Econometric Society in 2007.

Card’s research interests include immigration education, job training and inequality. Much of his work centers on a comparison between the U.S. and Canada in various situations.

Prior to joining the faculty at Berkeley, Card taught at Princeton University, New Jersey, from 1983-96, and at the University of Chicago.

Card earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and earned his doctorate in economics at Princeton University.

Card has co-authored several books, including “Wages, School Quality and Employment Demand” (2011, Oxford Press) and “Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of The Minimum Wage” (1995, Princeton University Press).

He has also co-edited a number of books, including “Immigration, Poverty, and Socioeconomic Inequality” (2013, Russell Sage Foundation); “Seeking a Premier Economy: The Economic Effect of British Economic Reforms” (2004, University of Chicago Press) and “The Handbook of Labor Economics” (1999, Elsevier). In addition, he has been published in over 100 journal articles and book chapters.

The Clemens Lecture Series was founded to further conversation on the ways that economics can speak to the larger problems of our society and culture. It brings to Saint John’s outstanding economists noted for their abilities to address the economic dimensions of social issues and to sustain dialogue with the other fields of the liberal arts.

The lecture series is designed to be practically useful in understanding daily life and is intended for a wide audience of those interested in the impact of economic issues in their lives.

The Clemens Chair in Economics and Liberal Arts and the Clemens Lecture Series were made possible by the generous donations of William E. and Virginia Clemens.