Allan H. Meltzer, the Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, will give Washington and Lee University’s H. Parker Willis Lecture on Monday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater of Elrod Commons.
The title of Meltzer’s talk is “Socialism is Dead but Social Welfare Lives On.” It is free and open to the public.
Meltzer’s numerous publications include the recently completed two-volume study, “A History of the Federal Reserve,” “Why Capitalism?” and “Politics and the Fed.” He has written 25 books and monographs and over 375 articles.
He is founder and chairman of the Shadow Open Market Committee, an organization originally formed to evaluate the policy choices of the Federal Reserve, which today considers a wide range of macroeconomic policy issues.
Meltzer has served as a consultant on economic policy for the U.S. Congress, U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve System, the World Bank and foreign governments. He was chairman of the International Financial Institution Advisory Commission for the U.S. Congress in 1999-2000 and served on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in 1988-89.
His many honors include being named Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association in 2002.
Meltzer’s primary research and teaching interests include the history of U.S. monetary policy, the size of government, macroeconomics and international financial reform.
He received his A.B. and M.S. degrees from Duke University and his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
The H. Parker Willis Lecture series, started by John M. Gunn, W&L Class of 1945, emeritus professor of economics at W&L, was named to honor the first dean of the School of Commerce at W&L, H. Parker Willis (1874-1937).
Previous series' lecturers have included Dr. Robert McTeer, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System; Dr. Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve (and now chairman of the Federal Reserve); and J. Alfred Broadus, past president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Va.