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Political economist to discuss 'The Future of Globalization' on October 8

September 24, 2009

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - On Thursday, Oct. 8, at 4:30 p.m., Harvard University Professor of International Political Economy Dani Rodrik will deliver a lecture titled "The Future of Globalization." The event, sponsored by the Christian A. Johnson Fund, is free and open to the public and will take place in Room 216 of McCardell Bicentennial Hall, located on Bicentennial Way off off College Street (Route 125).

Rodrik is the Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has been referred to by colleagues as one of the most important political economists of our time, and is known for his groundbreaking work on globalization and economic development. His unconventional approach favors policies tailored to local conditions rather than the international globalization establishment.

An award-winning economist, Rodrik has published widely in the areas of economic development, international economics and political economy. His recent book, "One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth" (2008), expresses his original and influential perspective and shows how successful countries can craft their own unique growth strategies designed to overcome their own highly specific constraints. He is also the author of "Has Globalization Gone Too Far?" (1997), hailed as "one of the most important economics books of the decade" by BusinessWeek.

Rodrik was awarded the inaugural Albert O. Hirschman Prize of the Social Science Research Council in 2007. He has also received the Leontief Award for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought, an honorary doctorate from the University of Antwerp, and research grants from the Carnegie Corporation, Ford Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation. He was born and grew up in Istanbul, Turkey.

This event is sponsored by the Christian A. Johnson Fund. For more information contact Middlebury College Department of Economics Events Coordinator Janine Podraza at or 802-443-3198.