Economics Department's Second Annual Harold G. Vatter Lecture
Friday, February 15, 2008 - 7:00pm
Date: Friday, February 15th 2008

Location: Hoffman Hall


Nobel Laureate Douglass C. North will give the PSU Economics Department's Second Annual Harold G. Vatter Lecture on Friday, February 15th at 7 pm in Hoffman Hall. Professor North will be speaking on "The Natural State or Why Economic Development is so Difficult to Achieve." Admission is free and open to the public; a reception will follow.

North is well known as a pioneer in the "new economic history," which uses economic theory and econometric statistical techniques to investigate historical questions. He has also been a leader among economists, championing the recognition of the key role of legal and social institutions in economic development. For more information, see his autobiogaphy at

Douglass C. North will be the second speaker in the PSU Economics Department's Annual Lecture honoring Harold Goodhue Vatter, an eminent economic historian and faculty member at Portland State University from 1965 until his death at the age of 89 in 2000.