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The 2018 David Kinley Lecture in Economics

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The 2018 David Kinley Lecture in Economics | About David Kinley | Upcoming Lectures | Past David Kinley Lectures in Economics

David Autor

Each year the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois is proud to invite one of the leading scholars in our profession to deliver a public lecture to help celebrate David Kinley's contribution to the University and the economics profession. This year we are proud to welcome Professor David Autor

Professor David Autor is a Ford Professor of Economics and Associate Head at the MIT Department of Economics. His expertise is in human capital and earnings inequality, societal inpacts of technological change and globalization.

Public Lecture

"Trade and Labor Markets: Lessons From China's Rise"

Thursday, April 19, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Spurlock Museum Auditorium

Recption 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Departmental Lecture

"Is Automation Labor-Displacing? Productivity Growth, Employment, and the Labor Share"

Friday, April 20, 2018
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Krannert Art Museum

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About David Kinley

Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign owes its beginnings and early development to David Kinley, a man clearly on the fast-track. Born in Dundee, Scotland, August 2, 1861, Kinley came to the United States at the age of 11. He attended high school in Massachusetts and earned a B.A. degree from Yale in 1884. After having served as a principal of a high school in Massachusetts, Kinley went to Johns Hopkins in 1890, where he studied with Richard T. Ely and Woodrow Wilson. Kinley accompanied Ely to the University of Wisconsin in 1892 and received the first Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1893. Degrees in hand, Kinley traveled south to Champaign-Urbana, where he was appointed Assistant Professor of Economics. One year later, he was promoted to Professor of Economics, and as the ranking instructor, founded the Department of Economics in 1895. Kinley held the position of Professor of Economics and Dean of the College of Literature and Arts until 1906. In addition to his duties as Dean and Professor of Economics, Kinley taught eight undergraduate courses in 1894-95. In the next year, he taught eight undergraduate classes again, plus one graduate class, and in the following year he added a ninth undergraduate course.

The School of Commerce was founded in 1902 with Kinley as its Director. Kinley sought to include both political science and industrial economics in the new School, but this was opposed by the University Senate. A compromise was reached leaving political science in the College of Literature and Arts, and moving industrial economics to the new School of Commerce.

In 1906, Kinley was appointed Dean of the Graduate School. He remained the Director of courses in the School of Commerce (or Commerce School as it was called on Campus), but he gave up the Deanship of the College of Literature and Arts. Kinley was Dean of the Graduate School for eight years, thereafter becoming Vice President of the University in 1914. He was Acting President of the University 1919-1920, and President from 1920 until 1930.

At the strong urging of Kinley, the University Senate approved the formation of the College of Commerce and Business Administration in June, 1914, and the Board of Trustees followed with their approval on April 27, 1915. The College was housed in the new Commerce building, dedicated in 1913, and built at a cost of about $100,000. This building is now the East half of the Administration Building. The Commerce Building was constructed mainly in 1912, and occupied in the Spring of 1913.

David Kinley was the 15th President of the American Economics Association. His main interests in economics were money and banking and government regulation of business. His Presidential Address to the American Economics Association in 1913 was titled "Renewed Extension of Government Control of Economic Life. " Among his books were The Independent Treasury of the United States (1893), Money (1904), and Government Control of Economic Life and Other Addresses (1936).

Kinley was active in state and local affairs, served on many boards and commissions, and traveled widely. He held honorary degrees from Illinois College (1908), the University of Wisconsin (1918), the University of Nebraska (1921), and Yale (1924). He died in 1944 at Urbana-Champaign at the age of eighty-three. David Kinley Hall on the Campus of the University of Illinois bears his name.

The text is from an article that appeared in the Special Issue of the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, "Illinois Centennial Essays on Economics", edited by Werner Baer and H.F. Williamson, Jr. , Volume 36, 1996.

By Jane H. Leuthold

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Past David Kinley Lectures in Economics

David Kinley is the most distinguished and important economist in our Department's history. He founded the Department, served as its first Head, and in 1913 was its second member to be elected President of the American Economics Association. He went on to serve as President of the University of Illinois from 1920-1930 with great success.

To honor David Kinley, his family has generously endowed this public lecture series. Past speakers are listed below. In recent years, speakers have given a second Departmental Lecture that focuses on a more narrow aspect of their current research.


Date Location Name Association Lecture

Friday, February 10, 2017


317 DKH Guido Imbens Stanford

"Clustering As a Design Problem"

(Departmental Lecture)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

4:00 - 5:15pm

Sprulock Museum Auditorium Guido Imbens Stanford

"Casuality in Statistics and Econometrics"

(Public Lecture)

Thurs. , Mar. 6, 2014


134 Temple Buell Hall Chris Sims Princeton  

Wed. , Mar. 5, 2014


114 DKH Chris Sims Princeton "Fed policy and the economy: What's happened, and what's to come"

Thurs. , Mar. 7, 2013


370 Wohlers Peter Diamond MIT "Cyclical Unemployment, Structural Unemployment"

Thurs. , Mar. 7, 2013


Deloitte Auditorium, BIF Peter Diamond MIT "Unemployment and Debt"

Thurs. , Oct. 25, 2012


TBA Austan Goolsbee University of Chicago

"Tax Reform: Academic Lessons and Political Realities"

(Departmental Lecture)

Thurs. , Oct. 25, 2012


Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium Austan Goolsbee University of Chicago

"America's Economy and the World: Why the Long Face?"

(Public Lecture)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Krannert Art Museum, Room 62 John Campbell Harvard

A Model of Mortgage Default

(Departmental Lecture)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Deloitte Auditorium John Cambell Harvard

Mortgage Market Design

(Public Lecture)

Thursday, October 11, 2007 134 Temple Buel Hall Angus Deaton Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and Department of Economics, Princeton University "Health and Wellbeing around the World: Evidence from the Gallup World Poll" and "Child Mortality, Income, and Adult Height"
Thursday, September 28, 2006   K. Daron Acemoglu Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics, MIT "Rethinking the Wealth of Nations" and "Learning and Disagreement in an Uncertain World"
Friday, September 9, 2005   Orley Ashenfelter Princeton University "Evolution of the Global Labor Market: Continuity vs Change" and "The Value of a Statistical Life: Problems and Pitfalls"
Monday, May 2-3, 2005   John Geanakoplos Director, Cowles Foundation, Yale University "How the Modern Financial System Works: Mortgages, Hedge Funds, and Market Crashes" and "Leverage, Liquidity, and Crashes"
Friday, April 15, 2005   Jean Tirole Scientific Director, Institut d'Economie Industrielle, and visiting Professor at MIT "Platform Industries: How Software, Videogames, Credit Cards, Media, and Auctions Differ from Other Markets, and What It Means for the Future of the Economy" and "Incentive and Prosocial Behavior"
Pictures from the event are available here
Thursday, April 8, 2004   Paul M. Romer STANCO 25 Professor Economics; Ralph Ladau Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution "Tragedies of the Environmental and Intellectual Commons" and "What Should We Teach Students about Macroeconomics"
Friday, April 11, 2004   Elhanan Helpman Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade at Harvard University "Growth and Interdependence" and "Exports vs. FDI"
Friday, March 14, 2003   Edward C. Prescott Regents' Professor, University of Minnesota and Senior Advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis "Why Do Americans Work So Much and Europeans So Little" and "What Equity Premium?"
Thursday, March 7, 2002   Thomas J. Sargent Stanford University, Hoover Institution "Flawed but Enduring: The Monetary System from 1200-1800: A Tale of Small Fixed Cost" and "Robustness in Macroeconomics"
Friday, October 26, 2001   Jeffrey G. Williamson Harvard University "Globalization, Wolrd Inequality, and Political Backlash"
February 8, 2001   James Poterba MIT "Annuity Markets and Retirement Security"
November 29, 2000   Alberto Alesina Havard University "The Redistribution of Income: Why, and How Much?"
March 21, 2000   Robert H. Porter Northwestern University "The Market for Used Cars: Lemons or Sweet Deals? An Empirical Investigation"


Date Name Association Lecture
September 16, 1999 Charles R. Plott California Institute of Technology "Markets as Information-Gathering Tools: The application of Laboratory Experiments in Economics" and "Designer Markets as Solutions to Unsolvable Problems"
October 28, 1998 David Kreps Paul E. Holden Professor of Economics, Stanford University
March 5, 1998 James J. Heckman Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago
October 31, 1997 Robert Barro Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics, Harvard University
April 11, 1997 Robert Barro Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics, Harvard University
March 20, 1996 Mancur Olson University of Maryland
March 30, 1995 Hal Varian Ruben Kempf Professor of Economics, University of Michigan
December 1, 1994 Graciela Chichilnisky Columbia University
April 6, 1994 Jagdish N. Bhagwati Arthur Lehman Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
1993 Robert Townsend The Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College, University of Chicago
April 21, 1992 Dr. Roy Radner AT&T Bell Labs
October 17, 1991 William Baumol Princeton University
February 14, 1991 John Whalley University of Western Ontario
September 12, 1990 Robert Aumann Hebrew University, Jerusalem
March 1, 1990 Paul A. David Stanford University


Date Name Association
November 3, 1989 Leonid Hurwicz University of Minnesota
April 13, 1989 Lawrence Summers Harvard University
November 9, 1988 Harold Demsetz Arthur W. Anderson & Co. , UCLA Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles
October 6, 1988 Amartya Sen Harvard University
October 14, 1987 Lester Thurow MIT
May 4, 1987 Roger Noll Stanford University
October 29, 1986 Alan Blinder Princeton University
March 13, 1986 Hans Brems University of Illinois
March 27, 1985 Franco Modigliani MIT
November 15, 1984 Martin Shubik Yale University
April 26, 1984 Joseph Stiglitz Stanford University
March 16, 1983 Gary S. Becker University of Chicago
April 6, 1982 Alfred Kahn Cornell University
April 13, 1981 James M. Buchanan Center for study of Public Choice, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
March 10, 1980 Martin S. Feldstein Professor, Harvard


Date Name Association
March 28, 1979 Joan Robinson Cambridge University
October 19, 1978 Franklin M. Fisher MIT
April 7, 1977 Robert W. Fogel Harvard University
January 26, 1977 Jacques Dréze Universite Catholique de Louvain
December 4, 1975 M. A. Adelman MIT
March 5, 1975 Arthur M. Okun Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Former Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers
January 29, 1975 Charles P. Kindleberger Massachusetts Institute of Technology
April 18, 1974 Nicholas Kaldor Cambridge University

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