Professor Stephen Turnovsky Gives Invited Talk at Econometric Society Africa Meetings

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Professor Stephen Turnovksy, left, with conference speakers and organizers Renee Van Eyden (University of Pretoria), Eddie Dekel, Steve Koch (University of Pretoria), and Richard Blundell. Photo: Heinrich Bohlmann

Ford and Louisa Van Voorhis Professor of Economics Stephen Turnovsky recently gave one of two invited lectures at the 2016 Africa Meeting of the Econometric Society at Kruger National Park, South Africa, in July.

Hosted by the Department of Economics at the University of Pretoria, the conference also featured a lecture by invited speaker Richard Blundell (University College London and Institute for Fiscal Studies, London) and the Presidential address given by Eddie Dekel (Northwestern University and Tel Aviv University). Dekel is the current President of the Econometric Society, while Blundell is a Past President of the Society. 

Turovsky's talk, "Closing the Small Open Economy Model: A Demographic Approach", was delivered on the third day of the meetings, when breakout sessions were focused heavily on macroeconomic policy issues.   

The Africa Regional Standing Committee of the Econometric Society was established in 2014 from the African Econometric Society, which held its first conference in 1996 in Pretoria. The conference has been held in locations throughout the continent, including Dakar, Senegal; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Accra, Ghana; Nairobi, Kenya; Abuja, Nigeria; and Cairo, Egypt. 

Turnovsky has been a Fellow of the Econometric Society since 1981. Other UW faculty Fellows include Professor Patrick Bajari (2015), Affiliate Professor John Geweke (1982), and Professor Emeritus Charles Nelson (2003). Founded in 1930, the Econometric Society is widely considered the most significant society in economic science. Its aim is to promote the integration of theoretical and empirical quantitative approaches to economic problems, and it operates as a ‘disinterested, scientific organization without political, social, financial, or nationalistic bias’. 

Originally from New Zealand, Turnovsky received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1968. He also received honorary doctorate degrees from Aix-Marseille University (France) in 2005 and from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) in 2009. He is a former Editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and remains on that journal’s advisory board. Currently he serves as an Associate Editor of Macroeconomic Dynamics, where he also serves as special issues editor, the Journal of Public Economic Theory, and the Journal of Human Capital, as well as being on the editorial and advisory boards of a number of other journals. He is a past President of the Society of Economic Dynamics and Control and of the Society for Computational Economics.

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