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Peter Grajzl to Deliver Endowed Professorship Lecture Grajzl’s talk “An Economist’s Walk Through English Legal and Cultural History” will be held on Jan. 25 in Northen Auditorium.

Peter_Grajzl-scaled-600x400 Peter Grajzl to Deliver Endowed Professorship LecturePeter Grajzl, John F. Hendon Professor of Economics

Peter Grajzl, professor of economics, will present a public lecture to mark his appointment to the John F. Hendon Professorship at Washington and Lee University’s Ernest Williams II School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics.

Titled “An Economist’s Walk Through English Legal and Cultural History,” Grajzl’s lecture is free and open to the public, and will be held on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium. The lecture will delve into Grajzl’s recent and ongoing research combining machine-learning and econometric methods to illuminate the evolution and economic impact of law and culture in English history. Grajzl’s work in this area has led to a series of publications in leading economics and interdisciplinary journals. His research on English legal history was awarded the 2022 Elinor Ostrom prize.

“Recent economics research emphasizes the central importance of legal institutions and culture in comparative economic development,” said Grajzl. “In my presentation, I will draw on English history to illustrate how law and culture can be productively studied through a quantitative lens.”

Grajzl has been a member of the economics faculty at W&L since 2009. His research interests are in comparative institutional economics, law and economics and political economy. He is a core faculty member for the Law, Justice and Society program at W&L, and he serves as a non-resident visiting scholar with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and the University of Maryland. Additionally, he is a research network fellow at CESifo in Munich, Germany.

Grajzl holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland at College Park.

The John F. Hendon ‘24 Professorship endowment began during Hendon’s lifetime and was completed by his widow, Mila Shropshire Hendon, in 1987.