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Jane Turnis
(719) 389-6138

Leslie Weddell
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Award-winning economist known for exploring the hidden side of everything

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – March 30, 2006 – Award-winning author and economist, Steven D. Levitt will present “Freakonomics,” an H. Chase Stone Endowed Lecture, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2 in the Gates Common Room, located on the third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave.

Levitt is best-known for the recent New York Times bestseller “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.” The book, co-authored with Stephen J. Dubner, delves into the unconventional economic turf of human frailties such as cheating, corruption and crime and proves that economics is, in its most basic form, the study of incentives – how people get what they want or need.

The topics he covers tend to be controversial. His paper “The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime,” co-authored with John Donohue, uses statistical analysis to argue that the legalization of abortion in the United States led to a significant reduction in crime rates two decades later. Other issues he has investigated using statistical analysis have included:
• What do cheating schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?
• Why do so many drug dealers still live with their mothers?
• How is the Ku Klux Klan like a group of real estate agents?
• What makes a perfect parent?

A professor and the director of the “Initiative on Chicago Price Theory” at the University of Chicago, Levitt has been the recipient of many prestigious awards. He recently won the John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association, an honor that is awarded bi-annually to the most promising U.S. economist under the age of 40.

The H. Chase Stone Memorial Lecture has been established by a generous gift from the First National Bank, allowing Colorado College to bring to campus and the community an individual uniquely qualified to provide insight and provocative perspectives to key elements of banking and financial institutions. Stone served as eighth president of the First National Bank in Colorado Springs. Always active in community affairs, he served with distinction at many institutions, including as a trustee at Colorado College. Previous lecturers have included Robert Rubin, Citicorp vice chairman and former U.S. Treasury Secretary; Paul Romer, economist; and David Malpass, chief global economist of Bear Sterns.

About Colorado College
Colorado College is a nationally prominent, four-year liberal arts and sciences college that was founded in Colorado Springs in 1874. The college operates on the innovative Block Plan, in which its 1,960 students study one course at a time in intensive 3½-week blocks. For more information, visit www.ColoradoCollege.edu <http://www.ColoradoCollege.edu>.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A digital photo of the Steven Levitt is available upon request.