The Aims of Public Policy address provides a collective moment for students entering Harris during which they can think about the broader aspects of their education before becoming fully immersed in the data-driven Harris approach to policy analysis. The address is a unique experience to Harris and is an annual tradition. Each year, a Harris faculty member is invited to speak about the impact of public policy, while encouraging you to reflect on the purpose of your education.

2021 Faculty Remarks: Steven Neil Durlauf, Ph.D.

Last year's address was given by Steven Neil Durlauf, Ph.D., Steans Professor in Educational Policy at Harris Public Policy.  This year's faculty speaker will be announced in summer 2022.

Durlauf's research spans many topics in microeconomics and macroeconomics. His most important substantive contributions involve the areas of poverty, inequality and economic growth. Much of his research has attempted to integrate sociological ideas into economic analysis. His major methodological contributions include both economic theory and econometrics. He helped pioneer the application of statistical mechanics techniques to the modelling of socioeconomic behavior and has also developed identification analyses for the empirical analogs of these models.

Other research has focused on techniques for policy evaluation and the econometrics of cross country income differences. Durlauf is also known as a critic of the use of the concept of social capital by social scientists and has also challenged the ways that agent-based modelling and complexity theory have been employed by social and natural scientists to study socioeconomic phenomena.

Previous Speakers

Steven Neil Durlauf, Ph.D., Steans Professor in Educational Policy (2021)

Scott Ashworth, Professor and Director of the Harris PhD Program (2020)

Ryan Kellogg, Professor and Deputy Dean for Academic Programs (2019)

Christopher R. Berry, William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor (2018)

William Howell, Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics (2017)

James Robinson, The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies (2016)

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, Sydney Stein Professor and Deputy Dean (2015)

Berry and Durlauf

Harris Professors Chris Berry and Steven Durlauf Receive Named, Distinguished Service Professorships

Two of Harris’ leading scholars, Christopher Berry and Steven Durlauf have been recognized among 17 university faculty who have been appointed to named or distinguished service professorships.