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Peter_DiamondPeter Diamond, Nobel Prize winner in economics and U.S. labor market expert, will be the guest speaker at the Knoxville Economics Forum on Friday, November 8.

Reservations are being accepted now for the event, which is sponsored by UT’s Department of Economics. The program will take place at Club LeConte, atop the First Tennessee Building, 800 South Gay Street.

Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the 8:00 a.m. program. Cost is $20, payable on the day of the event. Space is limited. Reservations may be made online.

Diamond’s talk will focus on debt, unemployment, the labor market, and national economic policy.

“It is not often that one has the opportunity to interact with a Nobel Prize recipient in a relatively small group setting,” said Steve Mangum, dean of the UT College of Business Administration. “What could be better than to do so at a time when the individual’s area of world-renowned expertise is well-aligned with issues critical to our nation and our state?”

Diamond is professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught from 1966 to 2011. He was one of the three 2010 economics Nobel laureates for their work on job search and unemployment. He also is known for his work on optimal taxation and his overlapping-generations analysis of the effects of the public debt.

He has written about national pensions in many countries. He has been president of the American Economic Association, the Econometric Society, and the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Diamond is widely published and his books include Saving Social Security: A Balanced Approach, Reforming Pensions: Principles and Policy Choices, Pension Reform: A Short Guide, and Behavioral Economics and Its Applications.

The Knoxville Economics Forum is a local nonprofit organization founded in 2010. Its mission is to foster open and honest discussion of the most important economic issues in East Tennessee by inviting leaders in business, politics, and economics to share their views.

Past speakers have included Senator Bob Corker; Dennis Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Kelly King, chairman and CEO of BB&T; Jane Gravelle, an economist with the Congressional Research Service; and Mark Emkes, Tennessee commissioner of finance and administration.


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