McVickar Professor of Political Economy, Director, Center on Capitalism and Society
Edmund Phelps received his BA from Amherst in 1955 and his Ph.D from Yale in 1958. After appointments at Yale and Penn he joined Columbia in 1971. He founded the Center on Capitalism and Society in 2001. He won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics.
He was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and received the Premio Pico della Mirandola and the Kiel Global Economy Prize. Also a Phelps Chair was made in his honor at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. In 2001, he was honored with a Festschrift conference and volume.