- The opportunity to meet with Kevin Murphy was an amazing experience. To have someone of that high of status really shows that people are willing to come to Cornell and lecture. It is not every day that you have the genius of geniuses sitting down and talking to a group of students and getting them involved in discussion. It is events like these that really show the true possibilities of our college. --Ben Sebers
- I was incredibly impressed by Kevin Murphy, not for his unmatched intellect, but for his wit and ability to teach others. He was able to simplify his detailed research so that others, both those with background in the field and those without, could follow his results. Better yet, not only was his audience left with new knowledge, but each person walked out entertained. It truly was a rewarding experience! --Joanna Loewen
- Meeting with Kevin Murphy was a great privilege. He is an extremely bright economist and professor, and it was an honor to speak with him. His insight on the war on drugs was something I had never thought about before, or even considered. His thoughts about legalizing crack-cocaine seem rather bold, but after his explanation, it is completely economical. Overall, the experience was something to be remembered. Don't let his casual attire fool you; this man means business! --Katie Gieszler
Kevin Muphy demonstrates on the white board
A discussion with Murphy
Smiling for the camera at dinner
Smiling for the camera at dinner
Kevin Murphy at his public lecture in Ringer Recital Studio
Kevin M. Murphy spoke at Cornell College on April 22, 2008 at 7:00p.m. in Ringer Recital Studio. His topic was “The Value of Improvements in Health and Longevity.” While on campus, Murphy also participated in Professor Todd Knoop's Macroeconomics Seminar course, met with students to discuss his publication, "The Simple Economics of the War on Drugs," and had dinner with President Les Garner.
Professor Kevin Murphy of the University of Chicago is one of the leading academic economists in the United States. He is the George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, and the Graduate School of Business, at The University of Chicago.
He has done path-breaking research in the areas of inequality, unemployment, and relative wages. He is a prolific researcher with major contributions in fields ranging from the economics of growth and development, to the economic value of improvements in health and longevity.
In 2005 he became the first professor at a business school to be chosen as a MacArthur Fellow, the internationally-recognized “genius awards”. He was cited for “revealing economic forces shaping vital social phenomena such as wage inequality, unemployment, addiction, medical research, and economic growth.”
He is the recipient of the 1997 John Bates Clark Medal, given every two years to the most outstanding American economist under the age of forty. Some of the most prominent economists of the postwar period were recipients of the Bates Medal, and subsequently went on to win the Nobel Prize.
“He’s brilliant, very brilliant, and I don’t use that term often," according to colleague Gary Becker, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in economics. “He’s technically very good, catches on quickly, has a good imagination. He’s innovative and he has a good nose for ideas. He is at the top ranks in economics. Among those his age, nobody is better.”
“Kevin is far and away the smartest guy in the field,” says Freakonomics author Steven Levitt, also of the University of Chicago. “Often, the better you get to know these guys, the less ingenious they seem. It’s just the opposite with Kevin. Not only is he widely regarded as the smartest economist on earth, but he can also fix your refrigerator.”
Professor Murphy is the recipient of numerous other awards and fellowships, including a Sloan Foundation Fellowship and an Earhart Foundation Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Professor Murphy received a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1981, and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1986. He has been a member of the Chicago faculty since 1983.