College of Social Sciences

Economics Grad Students to Meet with Nobel Laureates


Two graduate students in the Florida State University Department of Economics have been selected to participate in an annual meeting with Nobel Laureates in the field, a prestigious honor afforded only to the top young researchers worldwide. Alice Crisp and Robert White will travel to Lindau, Germany, August 19-23, 2014, for the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences, where they will take part in intimate rounds of discussions offering opportunities for the exchange of experiences, opinions, and ideas with Nobel Laureates and other young researchers.

Crisp and White will be among about 450 scholars chosen from thousands of applicants worldwide who will participate in an open exchange of economic expertise. The world economic and financial crisis will most likely be a central theme of discussions between the Laureates and the young researchers, but the global central banking system and challenges to international free trade will also be main topics.

The open-conference concept is designed to allow encounters between the scientific elite of today and those of tomorrow, as well as to encourage and inspire young scholars for the benefit of their own future research. The Lindau Meetings contribute to the creation of international networks beyond political, religious or other barriers. These networks extend into the future and are sustained by an expanding alumni network.

“This is a very prestigious honor for the Department of Economics and our outstanding students,” said department Chair Mark Isaac. “Meeting with some of the top economists in the world in cross-cultural and inter-generational encounters will be a real stimulus for the research they’re doing now and will conduct in the future. The breadth of interests and Nobel Prize-winning intellectual contributions of the participating Laureates, who agree to take their time interacting with these students, is truly stunning.”

The Lindau Meetings were established in 1951 as a unique platform for an intergenerational dialogue between researchers. In addition to economics, individual conferences cover physiology/medicine, chemistry, and physics.