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2010.04.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Nobel Prize Winner to Lecture on Economics April 23

Omaha - The Nebraska Council on Economic Education and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Center for Economic Education, in partnership with the Foundation for Teaching Economics, will host a presentation by Nobel Prize-winning economist Douglass C. North.

North’s lecture, “History of World Development,” is 6 p.m. Friday, April 23 at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center. Tickets to the lecture are free and available to the public, but must be reserved via email to tickets@nebraskacouncil.org.

North is a noted economic historian, professor of History and a fellow of the Center in Political Economy at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

North, recipient of the 1993 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, is recognized for his pioneering work in “new economic history,” known as research that combines economic theory, quantitative methods, hypothesis testing, counterfactual alternatives and traditional techniques of economic history, to explain economic growth and decline. His work has deepened knowledge and understanding within fundamental areas of research, as to how, why and when economic change occurs.

Among his books are The Rise of the Western World, Growth and Welfare in the American Past, Structure and Change in Economic History and Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance. His most recent book, co-authored with John Wallis, is Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History, published in 2009.

Following the Friday lecture is an all-day Saturday workshop for teachers. Forty teachers from around the country will meet with North and Wallis to discuss economic education, economic history and their 2009 book.

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