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Stanford Week at the HSE

Between September 10th and 16th the Stanford Week organized by the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs will be held at the HSE.

Since autumn 2008, the HSE Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, in collaboration with the Stanford University and other economic faculties of the HSE, have been implementing a project on modernization of the master's programme in world economy. The project is supported by a joint grant of the Russian Ministry of Education and U.S. Department of Education.

As a result of this collaboration, an opportunity has arisen to extend the master's programme of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs by some of the economic courses that are taught at the Stanford Department of Economics. The integration of these courses as optional into the HSE curriculum would help the HSE students to get a broader coverage and deeper knowledge of economic disciplines.

As part of this collaboration, between September 10th and 16th, 2009, leading Stanford professors are coming to the HSE to conduct short courses of lectures and master classes for the HSE students and faculty. The delegation will include:

  • Martin Carnoy, Professor of Economics and Education (Economics of Education)
  • Mordecai Kurz, Professor of Economics (Risk and Insurance)
  • Lawrence Goulder, Professor of Economics (Environmental Economics)
  • Stephen Krasner, Professor of International Relations, political scientist (International Policy)

The events relating to the visit of Stanford professors to the HSE have a joint title ‘Stanford Week at the HSE'.

The programme of the Stanford Week includes:

  • Research and methodology seminar on ‘The World Economic Crisis and Teaching World Economy' (September 10th).
  • Presentation of the Stanford University.
  • A series of lectures and workshops by Stanford professors. Each of them will deliver a short course (4 or 5 lectures) on his topic (September 10th - 16th). These courses will be a part of the future joint curriculum on world economy.

Schedule of the courses 

Stephen Krasner's lectures

Programme of the seminar on ‘The World Economic Crisis and Teaching World Economy'


Stephen Krasner (born 1942) is deputy director of Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), an FSI senior fellow, an international relations professor at Stanford University and is the former Director of Policy Planning at the United States Department of State, a position he held from 2005 until April 2007 while on leave from Stanford.

He received a BA in history from Cornell University, an MA in international affairs from Columbia University and a PhD in political science from Harvard. Krasner is the author of six books and over ninety articles. He has taught courses on international relations, international political economy, international relations theory, policy making, and state-building at Stanford University. He received a dean's award for excellence in teaching in 1991.

Research interests: market failure and distributional conflict in international political economy; the historical practices of sovereignty especially with regard to domestic autonomy, state building and non-intervention.

Before coming to Stanford in 1981 he taught at Harvard University and UCLA. At Stanford, he was chair of the political science department from 1984 to 1991, and he served as the editor of International Organization from 1986 to 1992.

In 2002 he served as director for governance and development at the National Security Council. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

His major publications include Defending the National Interest: Raw Materials Investment and American Foreign Policy (1978), Structural Conflict: The Third World Against Global Liberalism (1985), and Sovereignty: Organized Hypocrisy (1999). Publications he has edited include International Regimes (1983), Exploration and Contestation in the Study of World Politics (co-editor, 1999), and Problematic Sovereignty: Contested Rules and Political Possibilities (2001).


Lawrence H. Goulder is the Shuzo Nishihara Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics and the Chair of the Economics Department at Stanford University. He is also the Kennedy-Grossman Fellow in Human Biology at Stanford; a Senior Fellow at Stanford's Institute for Economic Policy Research; a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and a University Fellow of Resources for the Future, a non-profit environmental and natural resource research firm located in Washington, DC.

Goulder graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in philosophy in 1973. He obtained a master's degree in musical composition from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in 1975 and earned a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford in 1982. He was a faculty member in the Department of Economics at Harvard before returning to Stanford's economics department in 1989.

Goulder's research examines the environmental and economic impacts of U.S. and international environmental policies, including policies to deal with climate change and pollution from power plants and automobiles. His work also explores the "sustainability" of consumption patterns in various countries.

Goulder's work often employs a general equilibrium analytical framework that integrates the economy and the environment and links the activities of government, industry, and households. The research considers both the aggregate benefits and costs of various policies as well as the distribution of policy impacts across industries, income groups, and generations. Some of his work involves collaborations with climatologists and biologists.

Goulder has conducted analyses for several government agencies, environmental organizations, and industry groups.

At Stanford Goulder teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental economics and policy, and co-organizes a weekly seminar in applied microeconomics.


 Mordecai Kurz isJoan Kenney Professor of Economics at the Stanford University. He received his BA in Economics and Political Science from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, MA and PhD degrees in Economics from Yale University, and an MS in Statistics from Stanford University.

He has written widely on diverse beliefs, financial markets and uncertainty, monetary policy. His current research is on theory of expectation formation, volatility in financial markets and monetary stabilization policy, social costs of economic volatility

He is a Fellow of the American Economic Association, a Fellow of the Econometrics Society, a Fellow of the Society for Economic Dynamics and Control, a Fellow of the Society for the Promotion of Economic Theory, a Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory, a Member of the board of Directors of the Economic Theory Center (University of Melbourne, Australia) and a Member of the Advisory Board, Annals of Finance.

His recent publications include: "On the Structure and Diversity of Rational Belief" (1994), "Endogenous Economic Fluctuations: Studies in the Theory of Rational Belief" (1997), "Public Policy Evaluation, Social Risk and Pension Capital" (2006), "Rational Diverse Beliefs and Economic Volatility" (2008), "Diverse Beliefs and the Time Variability of Risk Premia" (2007).

His current courses:"Risk and Insurance", "Introduction to Financial Economics".


Martin Carnoy is a Professor of Education and Economics at Stanford University. After graduating from California Institute of Technology with a B.S. in electrical engineering and the University of Chicago with an MA and a Ph.D. in economics, he worked at The Brookings Institution for four years, writing on Latin American trade and development. In 1969, he came to the School of Education at Stanford, where he helped build the International and Comparative Education Program.

Carnoy has written extensively about education and economic development, the political economy of the United States, the role of the state in social change, and the changing international economy. Some of his books are Economic Democracy (with Derek Shearer), The State and Political Theory, Education and Work in the Democratic State (with Henry Levin), Education and Social Transition in the Third World (with Joel Samoff), The New Accountability: High Schools and High Stakes TestsCuba's Academic Advantage (2007), Vouchers and Public School Performance (2007), Faded Dreams: the Economics and Politics of Race in America, and Fathers of a Certain Age.

Dr. Carnoy is a labor economist with a special interest in the relation between the economy and the educational system. To this end, he studies the US labor market, including the role in that relation of race, ethnicity, and gender, the US educational system, and systems in many other countries. He uses comparative analysis to understand how education influences productivity and economic growth, and, in turn, how and why educational systems change over time, and why some countries educational systems are marked by better student performance than others'. He has studied extensively the impact of vouchers and charter schools on educational quality, and has recently focused on differences in teacher preparation and teacher salaries across countries as well as larger issues of the impact of economic inequality on educational quality.

Carnoy writes regularly for international organizations such as the ILO, UNESCO, the Inter-American Development Bank, the OECD, and the World Bank. He is also the editor of the recently published International Encyclopedia of the Economics of Education.

He is currently working on new comparative projects on the quality of education in Latin America and Southern Africa, which include assessing teacher knowledge in mathematics, filming classrooms and assessing student performance. Also Carnoy is launching major new project to study changes in university financing and the quality of engineering and science tertiary education in China, India, and Russia.

He teaches on Race, Education and Media, Comparative and International Education, Education and Economic Development, Economics of Education, Vouchers and Choice in Education,
International and Comparative Education, The State and Educational Policy.