Academia Europaea#

The Academy of Europe#

Erasmus Medal

An award of the Academia Europaea Erasmus Medal,
Tuesday 5th September 2017, at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest#

The Council of the Academia Europaea are pleased to award the Erasmus Medal to the internationally renowned Economist

Professor dr Andreu Mas-Colell#

The Erasmus Medal of the Academia Europaea is awarded on the recommendation of the Council, to a member who has maintained over a sustained period, the highest level of international scholarship and recognition by peers.

Professor Mas-Colell will deliver the 2017 Heinz-Nixdorf Erasmus Lecture:

‘Is the era of work ending?’ #

Sponsored by

The laudation will be given by Professor Sergiu Hart MAE (Jerusalem)

Andreu Mas-Colell
Professor dr Andreu Mas-Colell

TITLE OF PRESENTATION: “Is the era of work ending?”


This will be a speculative talk on the future of work – and jobs – in economies subject to the scientific and technological advances associated with mechanization. Three propositions will be defended: (i) that if it is made an overwhelming priority of public policy, the minimization of work is a possibility in the long-run, (ii) that the natural development of our managed economies will not necessarily lead to this outcome, and (iii) that this minimization of the role of work is an undesirable outcome that should not be fostered.


Professor Mas-Colell is an expert in microeconomics and one of the world's leading mathematical economists. He is the founder of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and a professor emeritus in the department of economics at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He has also served several times as a Minister in the cabinet of the Catalan government. He has been Secretary General of the European Research Council (July 2009-August 2010). Summarizing his and others' research in general equilibrium theory, his monograph gave a thorough exposition of research using differential topology. His textbook on microeconomics, co-authored with Michael Whinston and Jerry Green, is the most used graduate microeconomics textbook in the world.

Mas-Colell is a foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences, a foreign honorary member of the American Economic Association, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Academia Europaea, a member of the Institute of Catalan Studies, a fellow of the Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Políticas, and a fellow of the Econometric Society. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Alicante in Spain, the University of Toulouse and HEC Paris in France, the National University of the South in Argentina, and the University of Chicago in the United States. He is a recipient of the Creu de Sant Jordi, the highest civil honor of Catalonia, and of the King Juan Carlos Prize in Economics.

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The Award is sponsored by the Heinz-Nixdorf Stiftung#

1. Heinz Nixdorf Stiftung is - together with Stiftung Westfalen - one of the two non profit foundations, which have been established from the assets of the estate of the entrepreneur Heinz Nixdorf, who died in 1986. The foundation promotes the following purposes:

a) the (advanced) professional education, especially in the field of modern technology
b) the sciences in respect of research and teaching, especially in the field of information technology,
c) the liberal and democratic governmental system, especially the "Soziale Marktwirtschaft"
d) public health,
e) sports.

The foundation realizes its purposes primarily in cooperation with other non profit institutions.

Heinz Nixdorf Stiftung promotes among others the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn. This is a non profit istitution combining in a unique way the classic historic dimension of a museum with the current and future-oriented topics of a forum.

Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum is the largest computer museum of the world.

Further information about the Heinz-Nixdorf Stiftung can be found at

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