← Back to Event List

Dean Peter Henry of NYU Stern school

The Science of Economic Turnaround


Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn

Date & Time

February 12, 2015, 4:00 pm5:30 pm


Peter Henry, Dean of the Stern School of Business, New York University,
will present a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. in the Library Gallery.
The title of his lecture will be:

Data and Discipline: Sampling the Science of Economic Turnaround

The mathematical underpinnings of the “dismal science” can yield surprising results with the power to impact millions of lives around the globe. Using examples from his book, TURNAROUND: Third World Lessons for First World Growth, Peter Blair Henry discusses how scientific analysis of economic policy experiments can determine which policies, implemented under what conditions, create the most value for the greatest number of people.

PETER BLAIR HENRY is the Dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business and a former Professor of International Economics at Stanford University. He is also the author of TURNAROUND: Third World Lessons for First World Growth (Basic Books, 2013). In 2008, Peter led Barack Obama’s Presidential Transition Team in its review of international lending agencies such as the IMF and World Bank. A member of the board of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Kraft Foods Group, Peter received his PhD in economics from MIT and Bachelor’s degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar and a finalist in the 1991 campus-wide slam dunk competition. Born in Jamaica, Peter became a US citizen in 1986. He lives in New York City with his wife of nearly 20 years and their four sons.