This endowed position was created in 1981 with a grant from the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation. The aim of the initiative was to popularize the work of the 19th-century American political economist Henry George, who advocated for progress and broad social development. This chair position was established to support, reward, and encourage scholarly activities that express his spirit.
Since then the position has been held by Dr. Northrup Buechner (between 1981-1991); Dr. Joseph A. Giacallone, (between 1991-2019) and is currently held by Dr. Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan (since January 2018).
Henry George’s ideas, most famously laid out in his Progress and Poverty in 1879, go far beyond the popular version of his single-land-tax proposal. His ingenuity was to bring into the popular discourse some of the difficult topics of the time that continue to resonate in our society. At the dawn of the progressive era, as income inequality worsened, George commented on individual deprivation in the background of industrialization and double-digit economic growth. From an applied perspective, he appealed to the ideas of common good and justice in a society where the government would act to minimize structural obstacles to individual freedom and progress. Henry George, the self-taught economist, carried those ideals through his journalistic and political careers.
The significance of Henry George's influence does not escape the purview of economists and policy makers today.
The core of the economic policy questions raised by Henry George routinely appear in my research and in the work of my colleagues. In the context of New York City, home to St. John’s University, problems of paid sick leave across small businesses, efficient public transportation systems , regulation of natural monopolies, use of urban space, the economic role of the government, and a great many other questions pertaining to ensuring sustainable living in a modern metropolitan area continue to influence our teaching and applied research.
Since 1981, The Henry George Lecture Series has welcomed thought leaders to campus to explore relevant topics in economics.
Esther Duflo, Ph.D., a co-winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for her experimental approach to alleviating global poverty, delivered the Fall 2019 Henry George Lecture on the topic of "Good Economics for Hard Times."
Dr. Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
2019Steven Pressman, Professor of Economics at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.
A Wealth Tax to Reduce Inequality?
2018Clifford Thies, Professor of Economics and Finance at Shenandoah University
Liberty and Private Charity
2017Edward O’Donnell, Professor of History at Holy Cross College
Henry George and the Gilded Age
2016James Heckman, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and Nobel Prize Winner (2000)
Social Mobility and Inequality
2014James Galbraith, Professor of Government at the University of Texas
The End of Normal: A Perspective on the Great Crisis Six Years Later
Edmund Phelps, Professor of Political Economy at Columbia University and Nobel Prize Winner (2006)
Understanding the Financial Crisis
2007Benjamin M. Friedman, Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University
The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth
2006Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor of Economics and Law at Columbia University
Globalization’s Critics: Why they are Wrong
2005Kenneth Greene, Professor of Economics at Binghamton University
If He is “Economic” Man, Why Is he so Good?
2003Joseph Stiglitz, Professor of Economics at Columbia University and Nobel Prize Winner (2001)
Globalization and its Discontents
Financing Health Care: There is a Better Way
2000Michael Hudson, Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri - Kansas City
Is Finance Capitalism Destroying Industrial Capitalism?
1999Edward Gramlich, Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan
Reforming Social Security
Shared Capitalism in the 21st Century
1998Peter Boettke, Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University
Russia’s Economic Crisis: The Perils of a Post-Soviet Transition
Laurence Moss, Professor of Economics at Babson College
The Contributions of Henry George and Paul Krugman to the Free Trade Debate
1997Dick Netzer, Professor of Economics and Public Administration at NYU
Land Value Taxation: What Economists Still Need to Know
Nicolaus Tideman, Professor of Economics at Harvard University
Peace, Justice, and Economic Reform
1996Mancur Olson, Jr., Professor of Economics at Princeton University and the University of Maryland
Outgrowing Communist and Capitalist Dictatorships
Douglass C. North, Professor of Economics at the University of Washington, Rice University, and Cambridge University and Nobel Prize Winner (1993)
Order and Disorder in Economic Change
1995Israel M. Kirzner, Professor of Economics at NYU
Role of Entrepreneurship in Economic Understanding
1994Lawrence R. Klein, Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and Nobel Prize Winner (1980)
Forecasting in a Corporate Environment: Problems and Solutions
Merton Miller, Professor at the University of Chicago and Nobel Prize Winner (1990)
US-Japanese Trade Relations
1993James Dawsey, Professor of Religious Studies at Emory & Henry College
Liberation Theology and Economic Development
Trade and Financial Relationships: US and Europe
1992Jeffrey Sachs, Professor of Sustainable Development at Columbia University
Economic Reform in Eastern Europe
Gary S. Becker, Professor of Economics and Sociology at the University of Chicago and Nobel Prize Winner (1992)
Education, Labor Force Quality, and the Economy
1991William Vickrey, Professor of Economics at Columbia University and Nobel Prize Winner (1996)
Land, Rent, and Public Services
James Miller III, Senior Fellow at George Mason University and Stanford University
Washington's Budget Crisis and How to Solve It
1990James Buchanan, Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia, UCLA, Virginia Tech and George
Mason University and Nobel Prize Winner (1986)
Economics and the Ethics of Idleness
Wassily Leontief, Professor of Economics at Harvard University and NYU and Nobel Prize Winner (1973)
The Present State of Economic Science
1989William J. Baumol, Professor of Economics at Princeton University
The Long Run Productivity Record: The U.S. Isn't Doing So Badly
1988Mason Gaffney, Professor of Economics at University of California, Riverside
How to Revive a Dead City
Karl Brunner, Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester
Issues in Monetarism
1987Robert Andelson, Philosophy Professor at Auburn University
The Earth is the Lord's
Lawrence White, Professor of Economics at NYU
Completing the Financial Revolution: The Case for Free Banking
1986Peter F. Bauer, Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics
The Case Against Foreign Aid
Robert Hessen, Professor of Business at Stanford University
The Paradox of Socialism's Continued Popularity
1985Daniel Holland, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Collecting Taxes Without Hurting Incentives
Block, Coyne, Gaskell
Perspectives on the Property Tax: A Panel Discussion
1984Malcolm Gillis, Professor of Economics at Rice University
Flat Rate Taxes: A Case Study in Practical Application
Yale Brozen, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago
Politics versus Prosperity
1983Frank Genovese, Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia
America's Economic Problems
1982Leland Yeager, Professor of Economics at Auburn University and the University of Virginia
Henry George and Austrian Economics
C.Lowell Harris, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Columbia University
Messages that Survive a Century: Henry George in the 1980's
The Economic Philosophy of Henry George