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Prof. Elhanan Helpman receiver honorary doctorate from the University of Warsaw

Prof. Elhanan Helpman - one of the greatest economists in the world - received on June 8 an honorary doctorate from the University of Warsaw. Helpman, who spent his childhood in Poland, said that for him it was in a sense coming back home.

Professor Elhanan Helpman (b. 1946) is one of the most prominent economists specialising in international trade and economic growth. He is associated with the University of Tel Aviv and Harvard University.

"I am honoured to receive honorary degree from the UW - excellent institution which is the most important centre for research and education in Poland. For me, personally receiving this title is significant. I spent my first 11 years in Poland. In a sense, this event is my return to home" - said Prof. Elhan Helpman, during the ceremony.

Awarded scholar is an author and co-author of 18 books and more than 150 articles published in prestigious scientific journals. Prof. Helpman is an author of many of the principles and models one of the new theory of international trade. His contribution to world economics was a combination of reflection on a new theory of trade with the new models of economic growth based on the role of endogenous factors of change. "In May 2016 Google scholar indicated that more than 82 thousands quotations and references to his publications" - said Dean of the Faculty of Economic Sciences Prof. Jan Michałek.

Professor Elhanan Helpman served important functions in public institutions in Israel, including a member of the Advisory Board of the Bank of Israel, the National Council for Planning and the National Council for Research and Development of the government of Israel. In addition, he was involved in rebuilding Polish-Israeli diplomatic and economic relations and the transformation of the Polish economy in the 1990s.

The laudation in honour of Prof. Helpman was delivered by Prof. Andrzej Cieślik from the Faculty of Economic Sciences. "I have always greatly admired Prof. Helpman, not only for his scientific achievements, but generally I have greatly respected him as a person. He is a model scientist and I hope the future generations of economists and scientists will also share this opinion" - said Prof. Cieslik.

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