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GSPP Mourns the Passing of Robert Stern

The Goldman School is deeply saddened by the passing of visiting Professor Robert Stern, who died on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Professor Stern was Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and began teaching at GSPP after he moved to California in 2010. 

“It was our great good luck to have Professor Stern come to us after retiring from the Ford School at Michigan,” says Dean Henry E. Brady. “He was a wonderful colleague and a superb teacher. Students admired his lucidity and thoughtfulness, and they benefited from his extraordinary dedication to their learning about the complexities of international finance and trade.”

Professor Stern was an expert in international trade and a contributor to international economic research and policy for more than fifty years. Quiet Pioneering: Robert M. Stern and His International Legacy was published in 1997 as a tribute to his life and work. The chapter “My Studies in International Economics,” published in Eminent Economists II: Their Life and Work Philosophies (Cambridge University Press, 2014) recounts his personal and professional development.

“Professor Stern combined path-breaking work on quantitative economics and simulation modeling with a keen policy sense that made his research and teaching come alive for our public policy students,” says Dean Brady. “We will miss him greatly.”