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Dr. Peter A. Diamond to Speak in Nobel Laureate Speaker Series at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 16, 2014

(MAHWAH, NJ)—Dr. Peter A. Diamond, who received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2010, will speak on April 23 as part of Nobel Laureate Speaker Series at Ramapo College.  Dr. Diamond shared the honor with Dale T. Mortensen and Christopher A. Pissarides “for their analysis of markets with search frictions.” The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Sharp Theater in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts and is open to the general public at no charge.

“We are proud to once again bring one of the world’s leading foremost authorities in economics to share his insights with our students and others,” said Dr. Peter P. Mercer, president of Ramapo College.

The Nobel Laureate Speaker Series at Ramapo College is sponsored by the Eastern Economic Association, which is based at Ramapo, with support from the President’s Office, Economics Department, the Anisfield School of Business and the Ramapo College Foundation.

Dr. Diamond is well known for his expertise in and economic analysis of U.S. Social Security policy. Dr. Diamond is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He earned his B.A. in Mathematics from Yale University, summa cum laude, and his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. Dr. Diamond is the author or editor of 12 books and has published numerous articles. He has served as President of the Econometric Society and the American Economic Association. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Dr. Diamond is the third Nobel Laureate to speak at Ramapo in recent years. Dr. Paul Krugman, recipient of the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, delivered a lecture entitled “The Liquidity Trap and Its Discontents” in 2010. He is one of the founders of the “new trade theory” and is a regular op-ed columnist for The New York Times.  Dr. Joseph E. Stiglitz, the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, visited Ramapo in 2012. He delivered a presentation entitled “Where Economics and Politics Collide: The Uncertain Future of the Euro Zone.”

Established in 1974, the Eastern Economic Association is a nonprofit corporation based at Ramapo College whose object is to promote educational and scholarly exchange on economic affairs. The organization publishes the Eastern Economic Journal, sponsors an annual conference and collaborates with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to promote economic education.

Dr. Alex Olbrecht of Ramapo College is the executive director of the Eastern Economic Association. He teaches courses on microeconomics, international finance and sports economics. He joined Ramapo in 2005. Dr. Olbrecht earned his B.S. from Lehigh University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York-Binghamton.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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