Atif Mian, 2015 Sheffrin Lecture

For this year's Sheffrin Lecture, the Institute for Social Sciences and the UC Davis Department of Economics welcomed Atif Mian, an economist at Princeton University. He delivered his lecture, "What Happened to Global Growth?"

Atif Mian is Theodore A. Wells ‘29 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and Director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance at the Woodrow Wilson School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with computer science and Ph.D. in economics from MIT. Prior to joining Princeton in 2012 he taught at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Mian’s work studies the connections between finance and the macroeconomy. His latest book, House of Debt, with Amir Sufi, builds upon powerful new data to describe how debt precipitated the Great Recession. The book explains why debt continues to threaten the global economy, and what needs to be done to fix the financial system. House of Debt has been critically acclaimed by The New York TimesFinancial TimesThe Wall Street Journal,The EconomistThe Atlantic and others. 

Mian’s research has appeared in top academic journals, including the American Economic ReviewEconometricaQuarterly Journal of EconomicsJournal of FinanceReview of Financial Studies and Journal of Financial Economics.

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The Sheffrin Lecture brings distinguished scholars from across the social science disciplines to UC Davis to inform our thinking on the day’s most relevant issues of national public policy. In the past five years, the series has brought distinguished scholars from across the social science disciplines to UC Davis to share their work on health care reform, government secrecy, immigration, and polarization in American Politics.

The Sheffrin Lectures in Public Policy are possible thanks to a gift from former dean of the Division of Social Sciences, Steven M. Sheffrin, and his wife, Anjali.

This lecture was co-sponsored by the Levine Family Fund in Economics. The Levine Family Fund was created by the Levine Family Foundation and supports a range of activities in the Department of Economics, including an annual lecture series.

This lecture was also co-sponsored by the UC Davis Department of Economics and the Herbert A. Young Society.