Cato Institute Chairman William A. Niskanen and Edward Prescott at a Cato conference in February 2005.

Edward C. Prescott

Edward C. Prescott was the corecipient (along with Finn E. Kydland) of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Economics “for their contributions to dynamic macroeconomics: the time consistency of economic policy and the driving forces behind business cycles.”

The research of Prescott and Kydland has challenged the Keynesian understanding of government policymaking by advancing the structure of fixed rules over discretion.

Prescott has also been an active proponent of private accounts in Social Security as a means of boosting GDP and increasing the incentive to work.

He is currently the W. P. Carey Chair of Economics in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a senior monetary advisor at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank. He is the coeditor of Contractual Arrangements for Intertemporal Trade.

Speeches at the Cato Institute

Social Security: The Opportunity for Real Reform,” February 8, 2005.

Other Resources

Prescott page at the Nobel Prize website

Prescott’s page at Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Prescott’s page at W. P. Carey School of Business