Building a better, saner, more humane world

The School of Public Policy is proud to announce that the 15th James S. Palmer Lecture Series will be held online on December 16th, 2020 with our distinguished guest and winner of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, Professor Esther Duflo, PhD.

This special interview will be hosted by Dr. Pierre-Gerlier Forest, University of Calgary James S. and Barbara A. Palmer Chair in Public Policy. Professor Duflo and Professor Forest will discuss her methodology, her views on the pandemic, which path should be taken to a global economic recovery, and of course economics on a global scale.


The James S. Palmer Lecture Series was established to pay tribute to Mr. James Palmer’s dedication and service to the University of Calgary during his term of office as Chancellor, and for his continuing support of postsecondary education in the Province of Alberta. It is one of the most significant public academic activities hosted by the University of Calgary.

The purpose of the Lecture Series is to expose students, faculty and members of the community to eminent scholars of international stature and to promote discussion of important public issues. It is open to the public and is free
of charge.


We are honoured to start the live Q&A session with questions from distinguished guests from the community:

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"The economist who is humanizing the dismal science".

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The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2019.

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