Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Jean Tirole addresses the Solari Lecture 2021
The Solari Lecture 2021 was held on Wednesday, 10 November at Uni Dufour. The guest speaker was Prof. Jean Tirole, Professor of Economics at the Toulouse School of Economics, and laureate of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2014.
Prof. Jean Tirole discussed “The Common Good after Covid”, partly based on his latest book Economics for the Common Good (2017).
The event was opened by Prof. Markus Menz, Dean of the Geneva School of Economics and Management. Prof. Tirole was introduced by his long-standing colleague and collaborator GSEM Professor Jean-Charles Rochet.
Prof. Tirole defined the common good. He addressed what it means to be an economist, the criticism that economists receive, and his view that economics is a moral and philosophical science. In addition, the role of government and what hinders good government policies particularly concerning issues such as climate change, inequality, and access to quality education were raised. These points were further discussed in a Q&A session with members of the audience.
Each year, the Solari Lecture welcomes distinguished guests specialized in economics and econometrics, in memory of Luigi Solari, professor at the University of Geneva and pioneer in introducing research in econometrics in Switzerland. Since its first edition in 1979, this conference has featured many notable guest speakers.
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