Romesh K. Diwan Memorial Economics Lecture - Wed., October 11, 2:00 pm

Romesh K. Diwan Memorial Economics Lecture - Wed., October 11, 2:00 pm

Date posted: 2017-10-03 10:28:50

The Department of Economics is pleased to announce this year's Romesh K. Diwan Memorial Lecture in Economics, scheduled for Wednesday, October 11, from 2:00–3:30 pm, in Sage Labs room 4711.

The speaker is Frank Lichtenberg, Courtney C. Brown Professor of Business at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, who will speak on “The Long-Run Impact of New Medical Ideas on Cancer Survival and Mortality.”  The paper can be downloaded (PDF) here.

Professor Lichtenberg's research looks at the impact of pharmaceutical innovation on longevity, the effect of computers on productivity in business and government organizations, and the consequences of takeovers and leveraged buyouts for efficiency and employment.  His complete bio can be found here.

The annual Romesh K. Diwan Memorial Lecture was established in honor of Romesh K. Diwan, Professor of Economics from 1968–2002, by his widow, Joyce Diwan, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences in Rensselaer's School of Science. Over his long career, Dr. Diwan served as Director of the Graduate Program in Economics and as Chairman of the Department.  He is remembered as a superb econometrician (a quantitative economist using statistics and mathematics to address empirical issues) and for his work in applying technical economic  principles to the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, thus creating an entirely new sub-area within economics known as Gandhian Economics. Dr. Diwan was the author of 150 papers and five books, and supervised approximately 40 Ph.D. students during his tenure at Rensselaer.  

The lecture is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.