Condliffe Memorial Lecture

The Condliffe Memorial Lecture was instituted in 2005 to honour John Bell Condliffe (pictured right) who became the first Professor of Economics at Canterbury University College in 1921.

The Lecture series brings leading economists to Canterbury to provide a public lecture highlighting their recent work and its relevance to the broader business and policy community.

JB Condliffe

2014 Lecture:
The Economics of Immigration and Immigration Reform

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David Card
Professor in Economics
University of California, Berkeley

When: Tuesday 8 July 2014, 7pm
Where: C3 Lecture Theatre, main campus (Google map link)


Professor Card will be speaking on his research findings on immigrants and labour markets, specifically how immigrants affect the labour market opportunities of natives, the success of immigrants' children and the possible slowdown in immigrant assimilation, and understanding the strong backlash against immigrants in many countries today.

David Card is the Class of 1950 Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research interests include wage inequality, immigration, wages, education, anti-poverty programs, and health insurance. He co-authored the 1995 book, Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of the Minimum Wage, and coedited The Handbook of Labor Economics (1999 and 2011 editions), Seeking a Premier Economy: The Economic Effects of British Economic Reforms (2004), and Small Differences That Matter: Labor Markets and Income Maintenance in Canada and the United States (1992). He has also published over 90 journal articles and book chapters.

Professor Card was co-editor of Econometrica from 1991 to 1995 and co-editor of the American Economic Review from 2002 to 2005. He taught at Princeton University from 1983 to 1996, and has held visiting appointments at Columbia University and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In 1992 he was elected a fellow of the Econometric Society, and in 1998 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1995 he received the American Economic Association's John Bates Clark Prize, which is awarded every other year to the economist under 40 whose work is judged to have made the most significant contribution to the field. He was a co-recipient of the IZA Labor Economics Award in 2006, and was awarded the Frisch Medal by the Econometric Society in 2007.

Professor Card is most famous to the general public for his research questioning whether the minimum wage has a negative effect on employment. Within the economics profession, he is best known for pioneering the use of quasi-experimental methods to identify causal relationships in economic data, methods that were later popularised by Steven Levitt in the book, Freakonomics.

The Condliffe lecture is hosted by the Department of Economics and Finance and open to staff, students, alumni and the public.

Past Condliffe Lectures

2013 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Professor Edward Glaeser "What if our cities vanished?"

2012 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: John H. Cochrane "What if governments can't pay their debts?"

2011 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Martin Weitzman "Why is the economics of climate change so difficult and controversial?"

2010 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Charles Plott "The emergence of economics as a laboratory sciences"

2009 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Hal Varian "Computer mediated transactions"

2008 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Joel Slemrod, "Tax policy in the real world"

2007 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Mark Blaug, "Congestion Charges: the solution to traffic problems?"

2006 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Gene Grossman, "Trading Tasks: It's Not Wine for Cloth Anymore".

2005 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Jerry Hausman, "Consumer Benefits from Increased Competition in Shopping Outlets: Measuring the Effect of Wal-Mart.