Prof. Thomas J. Sargent
Professor of Economics, New York University
Director of Sargent Institute of Quantitative Economics and Finance, Peking University
Prof. Thomas J. Sargent is a Professor of Economics at New York University and the Director of Sargent Institute of Quantitative Economics and Finance at Peking University HSBC Business School. He was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Economics, shared with Princeton University’s Christopher Sims, “for their empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy.” He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, winning the medal as the university’s most distinguished scholar in the Class of 1964, and obtained his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1968. He has been Professor of Economics at the University of Minnesota, the David Rockefeller Professor at the University of Chicago, and the Donald Lucas Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He has been a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 1987. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Econometric Society. He has been President of the American Economic Association, the Econometric Society, and the Society for Economic Dynamics. In his Nobel speech in Stockholm he described himself as someone who aspires to use statistics and economic theory to understand how governments and markets can improve peoples’ lives.