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Nobel Prize-winning economist to give Miller Upton lecture

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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Beloit College is gearing up to welcome Elinor Ostrom, co-recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics, as this year’s Miller Upton Chair. Speaking on Friday, Oct. 28, Ostrom asks questions that are at the heart of the Upton Forum on the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations, Beloit’s premier residency program in economics.

Named for economist and sixth Beloit College President Miller Upton, the Upton program focuses student research and events around the work of a different scholar in the discipline each year.

Called an “economic genius” in the Sept. 12 issue of Time magazine, Ostrom has pursued work that identifies solutions within civil society that seek to replace conflict, resource degradation and poverty with peace, effective resource management and prosperity. Her research grapples with the classic economic challenges surrounding the provision of public goods, such as police protection and other community services, and the management of “common pool” resources, such as water, fisheries and forests.

Ostrom is the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science at Indiana University-Bloomington.

The keynote lecture is a free event and will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, in the atrium of the Center for the Sciences.