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SVC to Present Lecture on Limits of Taxes, Prohibitions Feb. 20

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Posted: Wednesday Feb 6, 2013

February 6, 2013

The Center for Political and Economic Thought will present Dr. Kevin Murphy, George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, in its McKenna Economic Education Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Fred M. Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College. His talk is entitled “Understanding the Limits of Taxes and Prohibitions.” Admission is free and open to the public.

Murphy serves as a faculty research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2007, he and fellow Chicago Booth faculty member Robert Topel won the Kenneth J. Arrow Award for the best research paper in health economics for “The Value of Health and Longevity,” published in the Journal of Political Economy.

A fellow of the Econometric Society and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Murphy was a John Bates Clark Medalist in 1997. He has received fellowships from the Earhart Foundation, the Sloan Foundation and the Friedman Fund.

Murphy is also the author of two books and many academic articles. His writing has been published in numerous mainstream publications including the Boston Globe, The New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune. He has also coauthored two Wall Street Journal articles with Nobel laureate Gary Becker.

He earned his Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of Chicago, after graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1981.

The Center for Political and Economic Thought is an interdisciplinary public affairs institution of Saint Vincent College. It sponsors research and education programs, primarily in the fields of politics, economics and moral-cultural affairs. The Center seeks to advance scholarship on philosophical and policy concerns related to freedom and Western civilization with particular regard to the American experience. The Center was founded in 1991 as an outgrowth of the Alex G. McKenna Economic Education Series, which was launched in 1986.

The Center’s programs include: the McKenna Economic Education Series, the Government and Political Education Series, the Civitas Forum on Principles and Policies for Public Life, the biennial Culture and Policy Conference and various other scholarships and fellowships.  The Center also publishes an annual journal, Citizens and Statesmen.

The Center is a part of the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government.

For more information, contact the Center for Political and Economic Thought at Saint Vincent College by contacting Mary Beth McConahey, program manager, marybeth.mcconahey@email.stvincent.edu.


Photo: Dr. Kevin Murphy