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Dartmouth Commencement 2008

Posted 06/08/08

Honorary degree citation to Martin Feldstein (Doctor of Laws)
Martin Feldstein
Martin Feldstein

Here in front of the Baker Library, it is a particular delight to confer an honorary degree on the George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard. As an economist and a public intellectual you have influenced the discussion of economics and of critical public issues, and you have helped to shape solutions to them.

You earned your undergraduate degree from Harvard and your Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University. You returned to Harvard to teach economics, and you have been teaching ever since-from undergraduates to members of Congress. You received the prestigious John Bates Clark medal from the American Economic Association in 1977 for being the best American economist under 40-one of the first of the many awards that have been bestowed upon you.

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan asked you to chair his Council of Economic Advisers, which you did until 1984. Your influence was perhaps most widely heralded when you were featured on the cover of Time magazine!  In addition to your faculty position at Harvard, you have served since 1977 as the President of the widely influential National Bureau of Economic Research, which is committed to empirical research that informs economic decisions. You have also served as President of the American Economics Association.

As Dartmouth faculty members have over the years been your students, and  collaborators, and colleagues, we now take special pleasure in formalizing this relationship to this institution by conferring upon you the degree Doctor of Laws.

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