Public lecture by Mark Blyth: Open Economies in a Volatile World – How to Live Long and Prosper

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 16:00 – 17:30
Soros Auditorium

Speaker Mark Blyth is a political economist whose research focuses upon how uncertainty and randomness impact complex systems, particularly economic systems, and why people continue to believe stupid economic ideas despite buckets of evidence to the contrary. 

Mark Blyth holds PhD in political science from Columbia University and has taught at the Johns Hopkins University from 1997 until 2009. Currently he is a professor of International Political Economy in the Department of Political Science at Brown University and a Faculty Fellow at Brown’s Watson Institute for International Studies. His research interests lie in the fields of comparative and international political economy, particularly regarding questions of uncertainty and randomness in complex systems.

He is the author of several books, including Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2002, Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea (Oxford University Press 2013, and The Future of the Euro (with Matthias Matthijs) (Oxford University Press 2015).

His articles have appeared in journals such as The American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Politics, and World Politics. In addition to his academic career he has been a musician, a chef, and a nightclub bouncer (once). He has never, despite rumors to the contrary, been a stand-up comedian.

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