Roosevelt Economic Seminar Kicks Off With Charles Manski

By: Jenn Tyborski

Professor Charles F. Manski of Northwestern University will argue his case that current public policy is based on untrustworthy analysis on Sept. 25, when he will discuss his new book, “Public Policy in an Uncertain World.”

The discussion is presented by the Roosevelt Economic Seminar Series.

According to the publisher’s description of the book, Manski, “uses other real-world scenarios to illustrate the course he recommends, in which policy makers form reasonable decisions based on partial knowledge of outcomes, and journalists evaluate research claims more closely, with a skeptical eye toward expressions of certitude.”

Stephen Ziliak, professor of economics at Roosevelt, invited Manski to discuss his book.

“Manski is one of the most important and careful economists who uses statistical methods to understand economic and public policy phenomena,” Ziliak said.

Although Manski is a professor of economics, Ziliak argues that economists are able to deal with any subject.

“Since the early 1800s, economists have been central to public policy debates worldwide,” Ziliak said. “Economic science requires rigorous training in quantitative methods, in addition to sophistication in philosophy, sociology, cultural studies and other areas, notably psychology. Thus, economists are able to deal with everything from the virtues and vices of the free market to the economics of the family.”

Manski has been Board of Trustees Professor in Economics at Northwestern University since 1997, according to his faculty biography.

He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Carnegie Mellon University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research spans judgement and decision, econometrics and the analysis of social policy.

According to his faculty biography, Manski is an elected fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.

The lecture will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in AUD 720. The event is free and open to all members of the Roosevelt community.

For more information, contact Professor Stephen Ziliak.


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