Dueling: Deadly, Perhaps, But Hardly Irrational

April 9, 2010

Dueling may seem to be the ultimate irrational act, whether pistols at 20 paces or a swashbuckling sword fight at much closer quarters. But an AmherstCollege professor believes that duels were dangerous games that participants played for very rational reasons having to do with creditworthiness, honor and maintaining one’s social standing.

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Joseph E. Stiglitz '64

Joseph E. Stiglitz, the John J. McCloy '16 Professor of American Institutions and International Relations at Amherst College and professor of economics at the graduate schools of both business and international relations at Columbia University, has delivered three lectures at Amherst College: "Globalization and Its Discontents," on March 1, 2002, "Information Economics: A New Paradigm," on Feb. 28, 2002, and "A Tale of Two Countries: Russia and China's Transition to a Market Economy" on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001.