Professor Dinner Series

Throughout the year, we invite professors in the economics department and in other related fields to speak with students in an intimate dinner setting, allowing students to interact directly with professors outside of the typical classroom setting. Through these experiences, students get to learn about professors’ recent economic research work and develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of economics topics. 

Upcoming Dinners


Professor Kostas Meghir

February 19, 2014

Professor Nancy Qian

February 25, 2014

Professor Naomi Lamoreaux

April 1, 2014

Past Dinners

Professor Amanda Kowalski, “The Affordable Care Act: Challenges and Lessons”

January 29, 2014

Amanda Kowalski, Assistant Professor of Economics at Yale University and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), is a health economist who specializes in topics that are policy-relevant. Her current research focuses on the effects of health insurance reform in Massachusetts on hospital care, preventive care, labor market outcomes, and patient exposure to financial risk. She has also researched the price elasticity of expenditure on medical care and the marginal returns to medical spending on at-risk newborns using new estimation techniques. She received her Ph.D. from MIT in 2008 in economics and prior to that, graduated from Harvard in 2003 with an A.B. in economics. 

Professor Samuel Kortum, DUS Economics

December 3, 2013

Professor Kortum is the current DUS of Economics. His research focuses on the fields of international economics, industrial organization and macroeconomics. Specifically, his recent research work has dealt with international trade issues, firm innovation, and consequences resulting from the technology revolution. Prior to joining Yale’s faculty in 2012, he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago (2006-12) and University of Minnesota (2001-06), as well as an economist at the Federal Reserve. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and subsequently completed his Ph.D. at Yale.

Professor Joseph Shapiro, “The Economics of Climate Change”

November 19, 2013

Professor Shapiro is an environmental economist with substantial interests in trade, energy, and health. His research is concentrated in two areas: trade and the environment; and adaptation to environmental change. He has written on how trade affects climate change, on the benefits of cap-and-trade markets for air pollution, and on the changing effects of extreme weather on health. He received a BA from Stanford, Masters degrees from Oxford and LSE as a Marshall Scholar, and a PhD in Economics from MIT. 

Professor Stephen Roach, “Post-Crisis Pitfalls of the Global Economy”

October 15, 2013

Professor Roach is a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Formerly, he was the Non-Executive Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and the Chief Economist for Morgan Stanley.

At Yale, his current teaching and research program focuses on the impacts of Asia on the broader global economy. At Yale, he has introduced new courses for undergraduates on “The Next China” and “The Lessons of Japan.” His writing and research also addresses globalization, trade policy, the post-crisis policy architecture, and the capital markets implications of global imbalances.