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April 14, 2009


Nobel Economist to Present Lecture at Trinity University


Eric S. Maskin

SAN ANTONIO – One of the recipients of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Economics, Eric S. Maskin, will present, “My Evolution as an Economist,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in Chapman Auditorium on the campus of Trinity University. The lecture is free and open to the public.


Dr. Maskin, along with Roger B. Myerson and Leonid Hurwicz, concentrate their work on mechanism design theory, a branch of economics that studies how to design institutions that implement society’s economic and political goals. Dr. Maskin’s contribution to the theory has been to characterize when social goals can be implemented and when they cannot. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a doctorate in mathematics from Harvard University. 


He is the Albert O. Hirschman Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and a visiting lecturer at Princeton University. Well known for his papers on mechanism design and implementation theory as well as dynamic games, he also researches the causes of inequality, coalition formation, and electoral rules.


The series known as “My Evolution as an Economist” began in 1984 at Trinity University in order to offer rare, autobiographical insights into the lives of Nobel Laureates. Each speaker elaborates on the sources and nature of his ideas and discoveries and his growth and success as an economist. The first 23 lectures in the series have been published by the MIT Press under the title Lives of the Laureates. It is edited by William Breit, professor emeritus of economics, and Barry Hirsch, former Stevens Distinguished Professor of Economics at Trinity. For more on these presentations, visit


As part of his visit to Trinity, Dr. Maskin will hold an informal question-and-answer session from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 in Chapman Auditorium. For more information, contact Trinity’s economics department at 210-999-7373.




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