Photograph: Nobel Laureate Paul Samuelson, left, with Columbia's Jagdish Bhagwati. Photo Credit: Joe Pineiro.
Scholars and students of economics from around the world gathered for a conference Nov. 11 and 12 in honor of Jagdish Bhagwati, the Arthur Lehman Professor of Economics and professor of political science at Columbia.
Titled "The Political Economy of Trade," the conference was organized by two of his former students, Gene Grossman, professor of economics at Princeton, and Robert Feenstra, professor of economics at UC-Davis, to celebrate Bhagwati's 60th birthday. More than 100 people from universities around the country and from England and Ireland attended the conference in the Kellogg Center.
"Bhagwati is one of the most prominent economists in the world and among his generation," said Dani Rodrik, professor of economics and international affairs, who was the chairman for a panel on trade theory.
Bhagwati's teaching and writings have had an extraordinary influence on students of economics, said Rodrik. "This conference is a testament to Bhagwati's work. There is a large number of distinguished scholars here. Among our participants are two Nobel laureates--Paul Samuelson and Robert Solow--who were former colleagues of Bhagwati's at MIT." Samuelson's topic was: "What Trade Theory Was Like in the Age of Bhagwati."