Ohanian to present inaugural Lloyd Cole Lecture on economic crisis

Lee E. Ohanian, PhD, professor of economics and director of the Ettinger Family Program in Macroeconomic Research at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present “Depressions, Crises, and Economic Policy: The 1930s and Today” at Washington University in St. Louis for the inaugural Lloyd Cole Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the Danforth University Center, Room 276.


Sponsored by the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Ohanian was the inaugural Sam B. Cook Visiting Professor in Economics in Arts & Sciences during fall 2011.

He is senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he co-directs the research initiative “Macroeconomics Across Time and Space.” He is also a fellow in the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory.

His research focuses on economic crises, economic growth and the impact of public policy on the economy.

He is an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, has previously advised other Federal Reserve banks, foreign central banks and the National Science Foundation, and has testified before national and state legislative committees on economic policy.

Ohanian is on the editorial boards of Econometrica and Macroeconomic Dynamics. He is a frequent media commentator and writes for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek and others.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a PhD in economics from the University of Rochester.

Cole earned a bachelor’s degree in business at WUSTL in 1948 and spent 27 years, the majority of his career, at Monsanto Corp. When he retired in 1976, he was director of corporate communications. He felt strongly about conservative scholarship in the field of economics and committed to supporting the establishment of this lecture series through a substantial bequest.

For more information and to RSVP, visit wc.wustl.edu/events/OhanianForum or call (314) 935-5652.