The most recent event under this heading is the Northwestern conference in the honor of Dale— with some very good and some not so good presentations…– featuring also some very (and some not so) entertaining speeches by former Mortensen students, co-authors, advisers etc, either at the dinner at the Northwestern Allen Center on Friday evening, or at the drinks & snacks session at Beverly and Dale’s splendid home (photo with Ija on their balcony) on Saturday evening. Read also this Northwestern Univ. article about the event. If you ask me, Guido Menzio had both the most interesting presentation (“Social Insurance for Frictional Wage Inequality”) and by far the best speech (let us call it “Guido, may the Force be with you!“); unfortunately, neither of them is available online, too bad if you were not there.
Now rewind: I have first mentioned about Dale’s Prize here, as some of us really were with Dale in Denmark when he got the magic phone call (this happened after I had correctly predicted Diamond, Mortensen and Pissarides winning the Prize in Economic Sciences, the day before). I’ll try to organize the following links on chronological order since.
I have uploaded on Flickr one of my short videoclips from the John Abowd seminar in Aarhus, at the Aarhus School of Business (ASB), Dep of Econ building, which started with champagne for Dale (unfortunately the sound seems to have gotten lost on the way…). All spontaneusly organized my myself, Valerie and Frederic: I think we managed quite well. I even made sure these visiting guys were not missing the start of the party (even if Shimer thought I am trying to trick him to get him to the seminar–duh…, Rob!…– when I called with the Dale-won-the-Nobel news)
After a first full day of interviews and photo sessions for Dale, the first dinner party takes place at one of my very favorite restaurant in Aarhus, Klassisk 65. Thanks to Valerie for helping me with the organization (we had planned the dinner at Klassisk for that day in any event; with Dale winning the Prize in that day, we had to try hard to include more people on the reservation list, and plan in much more detail). Watch the official TV2 documentary (very slow, be patient) from the place, including the by now famous Dale-sabring-the-champagne-bottle moment(s). I uploaded one of my own videoclips from Klassisk as well (again no sound).
One advantage of being affiliated both with Aarhus and Northwestern is that I got to participate in all the Dale Mortensen-parties! Obviously Northwestern had to rise up to the occasion, and I think they managed well: there were several events, including two parties–one Department of Economics-wide, one NU-wide — organized in relation to Dale’s winning the Prize. Here’s the best moment from the first NU party, where, having heard of Dale’s champagne-sabring demonstration in Denmark, he was asked to confirm his skills also in Evanston— and I had the honor to assist (clip borrowed from Jeff Ely on Cheaptalk). Here’s a fantastic picture, the ultimate proof of Dale’s champagne-sabring mastery!
You can also check out some more related pictures and videos that I collected (some belong to Aarhus University, some to Northwestern University, some to the Nobel Foundation, some are mine –including from the Econ Prize lectures, which I watched live, online, on my laptop, from Chicago– I tried to specify everywhere whom they belong to in order to observe copyright issues– comment on this post or contact me if you observe anything wrong or unclear in that sense) and uploaded on my Flickr acount.