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January 25, 2007

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Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz Delivers Keynote Talk at International Conference at Law School, Feb. 2

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Joseph E. Stiglitz

AUSTIN, Texas—Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz, an American economist, will give a keynote talk at an international conference on the future of the welfare state at The University of Texas School of Law on Friday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m.

Stiglitz, the former chair of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors and former chief economist of the World Bank, will discuss “Distributive Justice and the Global Economy” in the Law School’s Charles I. Francis Auditorium (2.114).

The talk is part of the conference, “The Future of the Welfare State,” held on Feb. 1–3 by the School of Law in co-sponsorship with the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. Internationally renowned scholars will come together to address the practical and moral challenges of reinventing the welfare state in the 21st century.

The conference is free and open to the University community and the general public. (Please note that the luncheons are for conference panelists.)

One of the world’s most prominent critics of globalization, Stiglitz is a professor at Columbia University in New York and chair of Columbia’s Committee on Global Thought. He is also the co-founder and executive director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his analyses of markets with asymmetric information. He is the author, most recently, of Making Globalization Work.

Stiglitz is also a panelist on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. in the Law School’s Eidman Courtroom where he will explore with other prominent social and economic thinkers the problem of redistributing wealth to pay for social programs in a global economy.

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International Conference at Law School Addresses Future of the Welfare State, Feb. 1–3:

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