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Schelling symposium panel to explore "scary stuff"

28 February 2008

ATTENTION: National security and foreign policy writers, editors

Contact: Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651 kmaclay@berkeley.edu

A symposium exploring the far-reaching implications of the work of 2005 Nobel Prize-winning economist Thomas C. Schelling, known for his ground-breaking analysis of the role of deterrence during the Cold War to explain the nuclear stand-off between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Three other Nobel Prize winners in economics will be among the participants in this day-long event hosted by the University of California, Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy.

In one session, "Schelling and Scary Stuff," experts will examine how Schelling's concepts apply to today's complex international security scene that is often marred by suicide bombers and by others motivated by deeply-held religious beliefs and not easily deterred. Other sessions will explore the impact of Schelling's work on international relations, industrial organization and "tipping points in social behavior."

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 4

The Toll Room at Alumni House, on campus, near the intersection of Bancroft Way and Dana Street.

Participants will include:

  • Thomas C. Schelling, a University of Maryland at College Park economics professor who earned his bachelor's degree in economics at UC Berkeley in 1944. He is the author of "The Strategy of Conflict" (1960) and the 1966 "Arms and Influence," which extended his economic theories about war.
  • Other Nobel Prize winners in economics, including UC Berkeley economists Dan McFadden and George Akerlof (who won the prize in 2000 and 2001, respectively) and Kenneth Arrow of Stanford University (1972).
  • Michael Nacht, dean of the Goldman School and an expert on national security, foreign affairs and arms control, who will chair the 1-2:30 p.m. session on "Schelling and Scary Stuff." He will be joined by Arrow, who also is a trustee of Economists for Peace and Security; Henry Rowen, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and an authority on international security; and Charles Wolf of the RAND Corporation, an expert on relationships between economic issues and foreign and defense policy, and on international risk assessment.
  • Other leading faculty members from UC Berkeley, UCLA and the University of Chicago.

For more details, contact Kathleen Maclay in Media Relations at (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu.