Levine Family Fund in Economics

Created by the Jay (B.A. Economics '84) and Tammy Levine Family Foundation, the Levine Family Fund supports activities that further the academic and research mission of the department, including funding for visiting speakers, undergraduate research conferences, undergraduate honors programs, faculty and graduate student seminars and workshops, and/or support for any other conferences, lectures, and research projects that further knowledge in the field of economics.

The Levine Family Fund Lecture Series



Past speakers


  • Peter Lindert (UC Davis), "Unequal Gains: American Growth and Inequality since 1700," April 7, 2016.

  • Steven Radelet (Georgetown University), "The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World," Jan 22, 2016.

  • Anil Kashyap (University of Chicago), "The Greek Financial Crisis," March 11, 2016.
  • Robert Gordon (Northwestern University), "Secular Stagnation: Sources of Slowing Growth," March 18, 2016


  • Susan Athey (Stanford Graduate School of Business), “The Internet and the News Media,” May 7, 2015. Watch a video of the lecture
  • Gary D. Libecap (UC Santa Barbara), “The Economic Characteristics of First Possession Rights to a Heterogeneous Resource,” May 5, 2015
  • Douglas A. Irwin (Dartmouth College), “The End of US Trade Policy,” March 2, 2015. 
  • Atif Mian (Princeton University), “What Happened to Global Growth?” Feb. 25, 2015. Watch a video of the lecture.


  • Sanjay Basu (Stanford Prevention Research Center), “Creating More Effective Public Health Safety Nets During Economic Recession,” May 20, 2014.
  • Finn Kydland (UC Santa Barbara), recipient of 2004 Nobel Prize in Economics, “Innovation and Capital Formation in Today’s Policy Environment,” May 1, 2014.
  • Paul Seabright (Toulouse School of Economics), “Can Modern Biology Help Us Understand Gender Conflicts in the 21st Century Home and Workplace?” April 9, 2014.
  • Alvin Roth (Stanford University), recipient of 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics, “Computer-Assisted Smart Markets: From Labor Markets to Kidney Exchange,” March 6, 2014.
  • Samuel Bowles (Santa Fe Institute), “Institutions, Technology and Wealth Inequality: From Pre-history to Future,” Feb. 25, 2014.