El conseller d’Economia i Coneixement de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Andreu Mas-Colell, ha estat investit aquest dissabte passat (13/06/2015) doctor honoris causa per la Universitat de Chicago, en una cerimònia solemne de graduació.
La universitat nord-americana ha posat en valor la “significativa contribució” de les recerques fetes per Mas-Colell, considerat un dels economistes més influents del món. Després de la cerimònia el conseller s’ha mostrat satisfet i “content” per haver rebut aquest honoris causa, el cinquè que suma al seu currículum. La Universitat de Chicago no atorgava la distinció de doctor honoris causa a un economista des del 2002.♦
Les explicacions institucionals de la Universitat de Chicago sobre l’atorgament del doctor honoris causa ai professor Andreu Mas-Colell:
Andreu Mas-Colell professor of economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, is one of the world’s leading economic theorists. He has made significant contributions to general equilibrium theory by extending the Arrow-Debreu model that underlies all price-theoretic analysis in economics, and has made the model more directly applicable to a range of problems in finance, public economics, and industrial organization.
In recognition of this path-breaking work, the BBVA Foundation honored Mas-Colell with its Frontiers of Knowledge Award, one of the most distinguished international prizes for research and artistic creation.
Mas-Colell has also developed the theory of adaptive learning in games, which opens up an entirely new set of hypotheses about learning behavior that can be evaluated in laboratory settings. As the lead author of the textbook Microeconomic Theory, Mas-Colell has shaped the thinking of economists and the techniques used by them for a generation.
Mas-Colell, who is the current Minister of Economy and Knowledge for Catalonia, was instrumental in building the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and formerly served as the secretary-general of the European Research Council. Before returning to Catalonia, Professor Mas-Colell was professor of Economics and Mathematics at University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University.
A foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences, Mas-Colell is a foreign honorary member of the American Economic Association, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Presenting Mas-Colell at Convocation will be Hugo Sonnenschein, President Emeritus, Honorary Trustee, and the Adam Smith Distinguished Service Professor in Economics.♦