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.

The Harold Vatter Lecture 2020

Due to the coronavirus, it is with the most abundance of caution that the Department of Economics has decided to cancel this year's Vatter Lecture. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Past Speakers

2019 Joe Cortright

"Cities in the Knowledge Economy"


2018 Kimberly Clausing

"The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Four Big Steps in the Wrong Direction"


2017 Matthew Kotchen

"The Political Economy of Climate Change"


2016 Edward Glaeser

"Big Data and Big Cities"


2015 Martin Ravallion

"Are the World's Poorest Being Left Behind?"


2014 Janet Currie

"Child Health and the Future"


2013 Nancy Folbre

"Localism in the Age of Globalism"


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."