Steven D. Levitt
Sponsored by Culture Quest, STEM Speaker Series and E. J. Thomas Hall
A tenured professor in the University of Chicago's economics department, Steven Levitt uses simple questions to reach startling conclusions. The Wall Street Journal has said "If Indiana Jones were an economist, he'd be Steven Levitt," he has shown other economists just how well their tools can make sense of the real world.
Co-author of both FREAKONOMICS (2005) and SUPERFREAKONOMICS (2010), Levitt, through forceful storytelling and wry insight, shows how economics is, at root, the study of incentives - that is, how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.
The popular campus-wide speaker series, The University of Akron Forum is in its 18th year. Supported by E. J. Thomas Hall, the Office of the President, and the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Forum and the John S. Knight Lecture bring a series of major speakers to campus each season so The University of Akron can better serve its campus community and the people of Northeast Ohio.