James Mirrlees 1936-2018

from Market Design at http://bit.ly/2PSodY7 on August 30, 2018 at 08:55PM

Here’s the brief initial announcement from the University of Cambridge:

Professor Sir James Mirrlees 1936-2018

"It is with great sadness that I write to say that Professor Sir James Mirrlees has passed away. Jim died yesterday at his home in Cambridge.

"Jim is widely known as the author of some of the most luminous and influential papers in modern economics. He was awarded a Nobel Prize for his work in public economics in 1996. But over and above his great intellectual achievement, Jim was widely respected and held in great affection for his generosity in encouraging and supporting economists from all over the world."
Sanjeev Goyal FBA
Chair, Faculty of Economics
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Jim last visited Stanford less than a year ago, last October, to participate in a conference remembering Ken Arrow.
Here’s a video of his talk, which begins with an introduction by John Shoven, explaining a little-known early connection between Jim and Ken: