Vatter Memorial Lecture

The Vatter Memorial Lecture was established in 2006 to honor PSU Professor of Economics Harold Goodhue Vatter. Vatter was a pioneer of New Economic History. By integrating economic theory with history, Vatter achieved a level of thinking on par with the greats. He taught at several universities, including the University of Chicago and Oregon State University, before coming to Portland State University in 1965. He passed away September 8, 2000 at the age of 89.

Announcing the Harold Vatter Lecture 2019

picture of E. Somanathan

Eswaran Somanathan
Professor, Economics and Planning Unit

Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi 

Regretfully, Professor Somanathan will not be able to lead this year's Vatter Lecture. More information will be available soon.


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  • 2013 Nancy Folbre, "Localism in the Age of Globalism" 
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  • 2012 Gavin Wright, "The Civil Rights Revolution in the South: Who Won, Who Lost?"
  • 2010  Peter Lindert, "Who Paid for Your Education? Who Should?"
  • 2009  Jagdish Bhagwati, "Trade Policy at Risk: How President Obama Should Confront Protectionism."
  • 2008  Douglass C. North, "The Natural State or Why Economic Development is so Difficult to Achieve."
  • 2007  L. Randall Wray, "Demand Constraints, Secular Stagnation, and Big Government: The Contributions of Harold G. Vatter."