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.

Harold Vatter Lecture 2019

We are in the process of selecting the Vater 2019 lecturer. Please check back later in the year for more information.


  • 2017 Matthew Kotchen, "The Political Economy of Climate Change"
  • 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."