W. A. Mackintosh Visiting Lectureship in Economics

This public lecture is given in honour of W. A. Mackintosh, a former Principal of the University and an economist whose writings had significant impact on the development of economics and of economic policy in Canada. The visiting lecturer is to be chosen annually by the Head of the Department of Economics, after consultation with senior colleagues. The inaugural lecture was delivered in 1975.


  • 2018 September - Itzhak Gilboa
  • 2017 December - Robert Hall
    “Stagnant Labour Earnings: Would Tax Reform Help?”
  • 2017 March - John List
    "Using Field Experiments to Make the World a Better Place".
  • 2015 October - Martin Hellwig
    "Governments, Banks and Monetary Policy in a Time of Crisis".
  • 2013 October - Robert Frank
    "Success and Luck".
  • 2013 March - Ken Wolpin
    "Aligning Learning Incentives of Students and Teachers: Results from a Social Experiment in Mexican High Schools".
  • 2012 March - James Poterba
    Economic Policy Challenges of an Aging Population
  • 2010 September - Pinelopi Goldberg
    Incomplete Exchange Rate Pass-through and Pricing-to-Market: A Micro Perspective
  • 2010 March - Frank Diebold
    Real-Time Macroeconomic Monitoring
  • 2008 September - Paul Milgrom
    Winning Play in a Spectrum Auction: Economic Secrets Revealed
  • 2008 February - Bengt Holmstrom
    Corporate Governance in Context
  • 2006 - Michael Woodford
    Does Money Matter for the Conduct of Monetary Policy?
  • 2005 - Peter Howitt
    Policies for Economic Growth
  • 2004 - Richard Blundell
    How Revealing is Revealed Preference? Understanding Consumer Rationality and Consumer Choices
  • 2002 - Barry Eichengreen
    The Great Depression: Lessons from an Earlier Era of Financial and Political Uncertainty
  • 2002 - Dale Mortensen
    Wage Dispersion: Why Are Similar Workers Paid Differently?
  • 1999 - Richard Epstein
    Defending NeoClassical Economics from its Modern Critics: A Law and Economics Perspective
  • 1998 - Charles Plott
    Economics as an Experimental Science: Rational Behaviour and the Laws of Competitive Markets
  • 1997 - Douglass North
    The Wealth of Nations
  • 1996 - Maurice Obstfeld
    Open Economy Macroeconomics and Policy: Recent Developments
  • 1994 - Martin Shubik
    The History and Theory of Money and Financial Institutions
  • 1993 - Claudia Goldin
    The Meaning of College in the Lives of American Women: The Past One-Hundred Years
  • 1991 - Brian Arthur
    Learning and Adaptation in the Economy
  • 1990 - Thomas Schelling
    Meeting the Greenhouse Challenge
  • 1989 - Gary Becker
    The Economic Contest Between Capitalism and Communism
  • 1988 - Robert Barro
    The Ricardian Approach to Budget Deficits
  • 1987 - David Hendry
    Econometrics in Action
  • 1987 - Robert Fogel
    Slavery and the Redemption of American Scholarship: The Cliometric Contribution
  • 1986 - Robert Lucas, Jr.
    On the Mechanics of Economic Development
  • 1984 - Vernon Smith
    Experimental Economics
  • 1984 - Lester Thurow
  • 1983 - John Helliwell
    Stagflation and Productivity Decline in Canada, 1974-1982
  • 1982 - James Tobin
    The Monetary-Fiscal Policy Mix in the United States
  • 1980 - Franco Modigliani
    A New Look at the Monetary Mechanism
  • 1979 - Robert Solow
    Alternative Approaches to Macroeconomic Theory: A Partial View
  • 1978 - Martin Feldstein
    Domestic Savings and International Capital Flows
  • 1977 - Kenneth Arrow
    Risk Allocation and Information: Some Recent Theoretical Developments
  • 1976 - Anthony Atkinson
    Optimal Taxation and the Direct Versus Indirect Tax Controversy
  • 1975 - Richard Caves
    The Political Economy of Tariff Structures

The late Malcolm Urquhart delivered a tribute to W.A. Mackintosh shortly after his death in 1971. Professor Kenneth Taylor delivered another tribute on the occasion of Dr. Mackintosh being awarded the first Innis-Gérin Medal by the Royal Society of Canada in 1967.