Lester Thurow, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, lectured on economic theory and the world economy in the first of “The Andrea Leeds Miron ’75 Lectures in Political Economy.” On the current state of the national economy, Thurow told the audience, “America faces the difficult task of learning to compete in a new world economy just at the point when America’s relative economic strength is weather than it has been at any time since the second World War.” Professor Thurow was an advocate of European and Japanese economic systems in which the government is very involved with the direction of the economy.    The Miscellany News

Thurow was a founder of the Economic Policy Institute and the author of The Zero-sum Society: Distribution and the Possibilities for Economic Change (1980), and Head to Head: The Coming Economic Battle Among Japan, Europe and America (1992).