Professor Joel Mokyr served as the 2015-16 President of the International Atlantic Economic Society.
In introducing Professor Mokyr's presidential address, the past-president and former NU-faculty member professor Charles Calomiris, Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions at Columbia Business School said:
How do you introduce someone who has been a friend and colleague for more than three decades? In this case, by being brief, knowing that he cares less for encomium than for being given more time to illuminate. Joel Mokyr is the Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History at Northwestern University. Not content to occupy positions in two departments there, he also holds a Raymond and Beverly Sackler Senior Professor appointment at the University of Tel Aviv. Joel has published a large number of books and articles, but even more impressive has been the influence of those works, as shown by the number of awards he has received for his work, and by the depth and breadth of his influence, as illustrated by the fact that he is an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow, a foreign Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, and a corresponding member of the British Academy. Joel's work addresses big questions, such as "Why did a whole country starve?" (with reference to mid-19th century Ireland), "Why did the Industrial Revolution begin where and when it did?", "What are the processes that govern technological change?", "How does culture shape economic progress?" It is for all these reasons that Joel Mokyr should be regarded not only as one of the great intellectual economists of his generation, but as one of the great intellectuals of his generation. His topic today is another big question: "Is Technological Change a Matter of the Past?"
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