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Nancy Stokey

Eminent Panel Member

Stokey received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and her PhD from Harvard in 1978. Before joining the Chicago faculty in 1990, she taught at Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where she was the Harold Stuart Professor of Managerial Economics. Stokey is the Frederick Henry Prince Professor in Economics.

Stokey is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the Econometric Society.  She has served as vice president of the American Economic Association and as co-editor of the Journal of Political Economy and of Econometrica. An expert on economic theory and economic development, Stokey examines the impact education and job training have on the development of national economies. She has shown that economies expand when workforces acquire more complex skills, moving, for instance, from manufacturing into high technology. She is the author of numerous papers on economic growth and related issues and is co-author of Recursive Methods in Economic Dynamics (1989), a book about the modelling techniques that are widely used in macroeconomics and other areas where dynamic issues play a key role. 

Participated in these projects

Copenhagen Consensus

The Copenhagen Consensus was our first project. The basic idea was to improve prioritization of the numerous problems the world faces, by gathering some of the world's greatest economists to a meeting where some of the biggest challenges in the world would be assessed.

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Copenhagen Consensus III

In 2004 and 2008, the Copenhagen Consensus Center held two major projects that helped to shape overseas development spending and philanthropic decisions for years to come. The third Copenhagen Consensus was the latest iteration of our ongoing work to prioritize the best solutions.

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Guide to Giving

Even the wealthiest government, business, or individual has limited resources. A dollar spent in one place cannot be spent elsewhere. We are often asked by individuals: how can I make personal donations in line with Copenhagen Consensus findings? This Guide provides an answer.

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Post-2015 Consensus

In 2015, the UN's Millennium Development Goals are expiring and the international community will set new goals. The Post-2015 Consensus brings together the world’s top economists, NGOs, international agencies and businesses to identify the goals with the greatest benefit-to-cost ratio for the next development agenda.

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Copenhagen Consensus on Climate

Global warming is real; it is caused by man-made CO2 emissions, and we need to do something about it. But we don't need action that makes us feel good. We need action that actually does good.

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Copenhagen Consensus II

The second Copenhagen Consensus took place 25-30 May in Copenhagen. Once again, our Expert Panel tackled the question, Imagine you had $75 billion to donate to worthwhile causes. What would you do, and where should we start? The Panel released a prioritized list recommending how best to tackle ten of the world's most pressing issues.

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