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Nobel Prize winner Dr Alvin E. Roth will be awarded an honorary doctorate during the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Dies Natalis (birthday) on Wednesday, 8 January 2014. Prior to the ceremony, Roth will be a guest on Room for Discussion, the discussion platform organised by economics students at the UvA.

Alvin E. Roth
Photo: Bengt Nyman

In this edition of Room for Discussion, the students will talk to Roth about the extent to which economics ought to be classed as a science, and about where he finds his inspiration.

Alvin Roth

Dr Alvin E. Roth (1951) holds the Craig and Susan McCaw Chair at Stanford University (US) and is George Gund Professor Emeritus of Economics and Business Administration at Harvard University (US). In 2012, Roth was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in the field of applied market design, which draws on elements of game theory to resolve social issues. Among the applications Roth has designed are a system to allocate donor kidneys to patients and a system for distributing New York's 80,000 annual secondary school pupils across the city's 500 high schools.

Room for Discussion 

Room for Discussion is a weekly interview programme organised for and by students of the UvA’s Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB). Students interview academics, politicians, business and opinion leaders in a specially designed ‘living room’ in front of a large audience. Previous guests include Eurogroup Chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Tata Group CEO Ratan Tata, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Dutch Central Bank President Klaas Knot and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi.

Time and place 

The debate with Alvin Roth will take place on Wednesday, 8 January at 13:00.
Location: Hall E, Faculty of Economics and Business, Roetersstraat 11,