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Nobel Prize winner Schelling to visit Tehran's Sharif University

TEHRAN, Dec. 15 (Mehr News Agency) -- Winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics Thomas Schelling is to visit here on Dec. 24. "Professor Schelling has accepted our invitation," Sharif University of Technology Graduate School of Management and Economics Director General Mas'ud Nili said in a state television program.

Schelling is to deliver speech on global warming at the faculty.

This will be the first time a Nobel Prize winner in economics visits Iran.

Born on April 14, 1921, Thomas Crombie Schelling is an American economist and professor of foreign affairs, national security, nuclear strategy, and arms control at the School of Public Policy at University of Maryland College Park, according to Wikipedia.

He was awarded the 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics (shared with Robert Aumann) for "having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis."

Schelling received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1944. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1951.

Schelling's most famous book, The Strategy of Conflict (1960), has pioneered the study of bargaining and strategic behavior and is considered one of the hundred books that have been most influential in the West since 1945.

Schelling's economic theories about war were extended in Arms and Influence (1966).

In 1971, he published a widely cited article dealing with racial dynamics called "Dynamic Models of Segregation".

Schelling has been involved in the global warming debate since chairing a commission for President Carter in 1980. He believes climate change poses a serious threat to developing nations, but that the threat to the United States has been exaggerated.

Drawing on his experience with the postwar Marshall Plan, he has argued that addressing global warming is a bargaining problem: if the world is able to reduce emissions, poor countries will receive most of the benefits but rich countries will bear most of the costs.

Schelling was one of the experts who participated in the Copenhagen Consensus.

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