UC Santa Barbara Economics


carl snyder memorial lecture

This year's public lecture, An Afternoon with Randy Wright, will be held on April 02, 2015 at the University of California, Santa Barbara's Corwin Pavilion at 3:30 pm. Admission is free. Seating is limited.

Carl Snyder was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa on April 23, 1869. He attended the University of Iowa and later attended lectures in Paris but was chiefly self- taught. At the age of 20, he was editor of the Council Bluffs Nonparell, and later became an editorial writer on the Washington Post. He was a past president of the American Statistical Association; a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a member of the Institut International de Statistique. During the years when he served as a statistician at the Federal Reserve Bank, he lectured at some of the leading universities in the United States and contributed frequently to economic

The Carl Snyder Memorial Lecture is named for noted economic authority and author Carl Snyder, who died in 1946. Established in 1960 with a bequest from the estate of Snyder’s wife, Madeleine Raisch, the memorial is used to bring to the campus an outstanding lecturer in the field of economics. To honor Carl Snyder, a group of alumni, faculty and friends of the Department of Economics collaborated to identify this year’s distinguished speaker, Randy Wright.

Randall Wright is the Ray Zemon Professor of Liquid Assets in the Department of Finance, Investment and Banking at the Wisconsin School of Business, as well as a Professor in Wisconsin’s Department of Economics. He previously held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell, and was a National Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. He is currently a consultant for the Federal Reserve Banks of Minneapolis and Chicago, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he co-organizes the Macro Perspectives group, and a Fellow of the Econometric Society and Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory. He has a B.A. (Economics) from University of Manitoba, a Ph.D. (Economics) from University of Minnesota, and an M.A. (Honorary) from University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Wright is well known for his work on monetary, macro and labor economics, with over 100 publications. From 1998 to 2008, he was the Editor of International Economic Review, and is currently Associate Editor at Journal of Economic Theory and Advisory Editor at Macroeconomic Dynamics. He has won several awards for his research, and currently has the highest “degree centrality” in economics (basically, greatest number of coauthors).