Trevor Swan Distinguished Lectures

Public lectures in honour of the late Professor Trevor Swan

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Trevor Swan
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Professor Trevor Swan was the foundation Professor of Economics at ANU. Trevor Swan is often regarded as the greatest economist that Australia produced. Three Nobel prizes in economics have been awarded for work of which Swan himself was a pioneer – Solow’s, for his work on neoclassical growth models; Klein’s, for macroeconomic model-building and forecasting; and Meade’s, for integrating issues of internal and external balance.

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Most recent Trevor Swan Distinguished Lecture

Sir Oliver Hart

"Exit vs Voice: The economics of socially responsible investment"

Oliver Hart is currently the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1993. He is the 2016 co-recipient of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Finance Association, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and has several honorary degrees.

Hart works mainly on contract theory, the theory of the firm, corporate finance, and law and economics. His research centers on the roles that ownership structure and contractual arrangements play in the governance and boundaries of corporations. He has published a book (Firms, Contracts, and Financial Structure, Oxford University Press, 1995) and numerous journal articles. He has used his theoretical work on firms in two legal cases as a government expert (Black and Decker v. U.S.A. and WFC Holdings Corp. (Wells Fargo) v. U.S.A.). He has been president of the American Law and Economics Association and a vice president of the American Economic Association


Past lectures

Professor Richard Holden, University of New South Wales

The Coordination Paradigm

Professor Larry Samuelson, Yale University

Competitive Matching Markets

Nobel Laureate Professor Edward C. Prescott, Arizona State University, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Neoclassical Growth Theory: From Swan to now