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Amherst is a liberal arts college, committed to providing students with a broad education.
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Amherst was pivotal in my broad intellectual development; MIT in my development as a professional economist.
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Another project that I began in Cambridge concerned the interaction between the distribution of income and short run macro economic behavior.
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As I noted in my Nobel lecture, an early insight in my work on the economics of information concerned the problem of appropriability - the difficulty that those who pay for information have in getting returns.
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Both of my parents were born within six miles of Gary, early in the century, and continued to live in the area until 1997. I sometimes thought that my perignations made up for their stability.
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But individuals and firms spend an enormous amount of resources acquiring information, which affects their beliefs; and actions of others too affect their beliefs.
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But while I loved all of these courses, there was an irresistible attraction of economics.
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Certainly, the poverty, the discrimination, the episodic unemployment could not but strike an inquiring youngster: why did these exist, and what could we do about them.
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Economists often like startling theorems, results which seem to run counter to conventional wisdom.
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I approached the problem as a series of thought experiments - unlike many other sciences, we typically cannot do actual experiments.
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I grew up in a family in which political issues were often discussed, and debated intensely.
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I knew that discrimination existed, even though there were many individuals who were not prejudiced.
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I recognized that information was, in many respects, like a public good, and it was this insight that made it clear to me that it was unlikely that the private market would provide efficient resource allocations whenever information was endogenous.
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I think in part the reason is that seeing an economy that is, in many ways, quite different from the one grows up in, helps crystallize issues: in one's own environment, one takes too much for granted, without asking why things are the way they are.
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I was born in Gary, Indiana, at the time, a major steel town on the southern shores of Lake Michigan, on February 9, 1943.
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I went to Amherst because my brother had gone there before me, and he went there because his guidance counselor thought that we would do better there than at a large university like Harvard.
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I went to public schools, and while Gary was, like most American cities, racially segregated, it was at least socially integrated - a cross section of children from families of all walks of life.
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I, like many members of my generation, was concerned with segregation and the repeated violation of civil rights.
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If stability and efficiency required that there existed markets that extended infinitely far into the future - and these markets clearly did not exist - what assurance do we have of the stability and efficiency of the capitalist system?
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In debate, one randomly was assigned to one side or the other. This had at least one virtue - it made one see that there was more than one side to these complex issues.
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Much of my work in this period was concerned with exploring the logic of economic models, but also with attempting to reconcile the models with every day observation.
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My love of politics first manifested itself in my days at Amherst. I served on the Student Council both in my freshman and sophomore years (there were three representatives from each class), and in junior year, got elected president of the student council.
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My mother's family were New Deal Democrats - they worshipped FDR; and though my uncle was a highly successful lawyer and real estate entrepreneur, he was staunchly pro-labor.
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My research in this period centered around growth, technical change, and income distribution, both how growth affected the distribution of income and how the distribution of income affected growth.
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My teachers helped guide and motivate me; but the responsibility of learning was left with me, an approach to learning which was later reinforced by my experiences at Amherst.
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My work on the economics of uncertainty led naturally to the work on information asymmetries, and more generally, imperfect information.
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The best teachers still taught in a Socratic style, asking questions, responding to the answers with still another question.
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The extra curricular activity in which I was most engaged - debating - helped shape my interests in public policy.
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The major concern in my research on dynamics was the stability of the market economy.
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The notion that every well educated person would have a mastery of at least the basic elements of the humanities, sciences, and social sciences is a far cry from the specialized education that most students today receive, particularly in the research universities.
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There must have been something in the air of Gary that led one into economics: the first Nobel Prize winner, Paul Samuelson, was also from Gary, as were several other distinguished economists.
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