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Economist Ha-Joon Chang to deliver lecture on "The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism." Wednesday, January 30, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Cambridge University Economics Professor Ha-Joon Chang will deliver the Martin H. Crego Lecture in Economics at Vassar College. He will speak on “Bad Samaritans – The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism” on Wednesday, January 30 at 8:00 pm in the Taylor Hall Auditorium (Room 203). This event is free and open to the public.

Ha-Joon Chang, a Korean national, has taught at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, since 1990. In addition to numerous articles in journals and edited volumes, Ha-Joon Chang has published nine authored books (three of them co-authored) and eight edited books (six of them co-edited). His most recent books include Kicking Away the Ladder – Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (Anthem Press, 2002), Globalization, Economic Development and The Role of the State (Zed Press, 2003), and Reclaiming Development – An Alternative Economic Policy Manual (with Ilene Grabel; Zed Press, 2004), and Bad Samaritans – Rich Nations, Poor Policies, and the Threat to the Developing World (Random House, 2007). His writings have been translated into 15 languages.

He is the winner of the 2003 Myrdal Prize, awarded to his book, Kicking Away the Ladder, by the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE). He is also the winner (jointly with Richard Nelson of Columbia University) of the 2005 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought awarded by Tufts University. Previous winners of the Prize include John Kenneth Galbraith and the Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen.

Ha-Joon Chang has worked as a consultant for numerous international organizations, including various United Nations agencies, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of governments, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, South Africa, and Venezuela.

The Department of Economics is sponsoring the Martin H. Crego lecture in Economics.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, January 10, 2008