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2012 Leontief Award Recipients:
Michael Lipton & C. Peter Timmer

Michael Lipton

"The Global Food Crisis and the Future of Agriculture"

Ceremony and Leontief Prize Lectures
Tuesday, April 3, 2012,
3:30 pm

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C. Peter Timmer
Michael Lipton
C. Peter Timmer

Tufts University’s Global Development And Environment Institute announced that it will award its 2012 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought to Michael Lipton of Sussex University and C. Peter Timmer of Harvard University . The award recognizes the critical work these researchers have contributed to the economics of food and agriculture. The ceremony and lectures will take place on April 3, 2012 at Tufts University’s Medford campus.

"The current food crisis is an early indication of one of the greatest economic, humanitarian, and environmental challenges of our time," says GDAE Co-Director Neva Goodwin. "Michael Lipton and C. Peter Timmer have been giants in the field of food and agricultural policy. Their research and writings have provided critical conceptual leadership as well as the empirical foundations necessary to address the challenges we face."

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The Global Development And Environment Institute, which is jointly affiliated with Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, inaugurated its economics award in 2000 in memory of Nobel Prize-winning economist and Institute advisory board member Wassily Leontief, who had passed away the previous year. The Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought recognizes economists whose work, like that of the institute and Leontief himself, combines theoretical and empirical research to promote a more comprehensive understanding of social and environmental processes. The inaugural prizes were awarded in 2000 to John Kenneth Galbraith and Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen.

GDAE was founded in 1993 with the goal of promoting a better understanding of how societies can pursue their economic and community goals in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner. The Institute develops textbooks and course materials, published on paper and on its web site, that incorporate a broad understanding of social, financial and environmental sustainability. The Institute also carries out policy-relevant research on climate change, the role of the market in environmental policy, and globalization and sustainable development. As part of its globalization research, GDAE has published extensively on the role of agriculture in international development and on the global response to recent food price increases.

In addition to Amartya Sen and John Kenneth Galbraith, GDAE has awarded the Leontief Prize to Paul Streeten, Herman Daly, Alice Amsden, Dani Rodrik, Nancy Folbre, Robert Frank, Richard Nelson, Ha-Joon Chang, Samuel Bowles, Juliet Schor, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Stephen DeCanio, José Antonio Ocampo, Robert Wade, Bina Agarwal, Daniel Kahneman, Nicholas Stern and Martin Weitzman.

This event is co-sponsored by the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Tufts University Institute of the Environment

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