Professor Sir James A. Mirrlees, Ph.D., accepted the Beacon of Ethics Award from the Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics at Creighton University. Beverly Kracher, Ph.D., Alliance Executive Director/CEO, made the morning presentation during “China’s Sustainable Growth: Challenges and Opportunities” conference hosted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Business Administration.  The Business Ethics Alliance confers the Beacon of Ethics Award on individuals who have exhibited a life-long dedication to integrity and civic responsibility, while guiding and leading others toward ethical excellence.

Mirrlees, a Scottish economist and winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Economics, is Professor-at-Large and Master of Morningside College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; and Emeritus Professor, Cambridge University.  While at Oxford University, Mirrlees worked on the theory of planning, economic development and public finance.  He wrote his first book on cost-benefit analysis for developing nations in collaboration with economist Ian Little.  Mirrlees received the Nobel Prize for his fundamental contribution to the economic theory of incentives under asymmetric information, sharing the prize with William Vickrey. Mirrlees was knighted in 1998.

The Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics at Creighton University — Business Ethics Alliance — is the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to city-level business ethics programming.

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