NYU Conference, Featuring Two Nobel Laureates, Weighs the Foundations and Future of Economics


New York University’s Center for Experimental Social Science (CESS) will host “The Foundations of Positive and Normative Economics,” a conference that will consider the foundations and future of economics, on Fri., April 25 (8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.) and Sat., April 26 (8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (60 Washington Sq. South [at LaGuardia Pl.]). Subway Lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street); R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).

The event, which includes sessions with Nobel Laureates in Economics Eric Maskin (2007) and Robert Lucas, Jr. (1995), is free and open to the public. Call 212.998.8952 for more information.

For a complete schedule of sessions, go to: http://cess.nyu.edu/CESS-Conference-Page/

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