The Nobel Laureate Joseph E.Stiglitz gave two lectures at l'X
Joseph E.Stiglitz, University Professor at Columbia University, the winner of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, and a lead author of the 1995 IPCC report, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, gave two talks at l'X on the subjects of Climate Change Economics and Social Inequalities.
“Climate change is real, and it includes not only an increase in the average temperature, but also more extreme weather events including droughts, floods and hurricanes that have led to a large number of deaths. So there is a real urgency to respond to our economic malaise and our climate crisis. The good news is that these are problems of our own making, and that means a change toward pro-Earth policies can make a big difference. Even better, the major investments we need to respond to the crisis would be a spur to the economy!", said Joseph E.Stiglitz during the talk that he gave on October 15th on Climate Change Economics.
Joseph E.Stiglitz visited l'X in the framework of the Alliance program, an innovative partnership between Columbia University, École Polytechnique, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and Sciences Po. The four universities collaborate to develop academic partnerships and exchanges through joint projects, visiting professorships, doctoral mobility grants, and student-driven initiatives. Major events like Joseph E.Stiglitz's lectures are aimed at strengthening our cooperation within the Alliance network.
Invited by the Economics Department of École Polytechnique, Joseph E.Stiglitz was welcomed by Eric Labaye, President of École Polytechnique, who opened his first lecture. Olivier Gossner, Research director at CNRS, Head of Economics Department at École Polytechnique, Professor of Economics and of Mathematics at l’X and London School of Economics and Philippe Drobinski, Research director at CNRS, Professor at l’X, Director of the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory (École Polytechnique in co-supervision with the CNRS, ENS Paris and Sorbonne Université) and the Energy4Climate Interdisciplinary Center of IP Paris participated in the discussion.
The second talk on Social inequalities was based on Joseph E.Stiglitz's latest book, People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent, that was released in April. "Addressing inequality is of necessity multifaceted - we have to rein in the excesses at the top, strengthen the middle, and help those at the bottom.", Stiglitz said. He explained that each goal required a program of its own, but to construct such programs, the society had to have a better understanding of what had given rise to each facet of this inequality. Olivier Gossner and Pierre Boyer, Edouard Challe, and Patricia Crifo, Professors at the Economics Department of l’X, participated in the discussion and gave talks on the subject.