Zeuthen Lectures, Department of Economics – University of Copenhagen

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Zeuthen Lectures

In 1996 the department launched the Zeuthen Lectures in honour of Frederik Zeuthen, the renowned Danish Professor in Economics at the University of Copenhagen from 1930 to 1958.

Zeuthen Lectures

The Zeuthen Lectures feature an internationally distinguished scholar giving three lectures on new ground-breaking economic subjects. At the same time, a Zeuthen Workshop is organized, where young researchers present and discuss their recent research within the subject of the year's Zeuthen Lectures.

The lectures are subsequently made available to the international audience through the "Zeuthen Lectures Book Series" published by MIT Press.

Zeuthen Lectures 2012


Success and Failure of Nations
22 - 24 May 2012

Professor Daron Acemoglu, MIT




Introductory Lecture
(themes discussed: institutional perspective on the success and failure of nations; why dysfunctional institutions emerge and persist; why institutions get captured and may become more dysfunctional over time).
Tuesday, 22 May 2012, 14:15 - 16:00: Chr. Hansen Aud.

Lecture 2 
(themes discussed: why inefficient arrangements are chosen, and why the desire to manipulate factor prices and/or future political power leads to the emergence of more inefficient and distortionary institutions).
Wednesday, 23 May 2012, 10:00 - 12:00: Det Store Auditorium, 2. sal, 26.2.21

Lecture 3
(themes discussed: how oligarchic structures may first encourage economic growth but then become a barrier to further development; the role of elites in politics and economics; how oligarchs and elites can capture democracies; and applications to the role of finance in modern economies). 
Wednessday, 23 May 2012, 14:00 - 16:00: Det Store Auditorium, 2. sal, 26.2.21

Lecture 4
(themes discussed: how fear from state power keeps many societies in an equilibrium with few public goods; how infighting among oligarchs and elites can lead to state collapse; and how civil wars and other destructive conflicts may last).
Thursday, 24 May 2012, 10:00 - 12:00: Det Store Auditorium, 2. sal, 26.2.21