Paul R. Milgrom


Nobel Prize Conversations

“I try to lead a conversation rather than telling students what to think”

”Sometimes I make a mistake during the lecture, I’ll make an argument that’s not quite right and not even notice it, and a student will catch me. I just love it when students do that.” Economic sciences laureate Paul Milgrom loves being a teacher. He also loves when his students correct him and ask him hard questions that he doesn’t know the answer to. In this podcast episode, conducted in December 2021, economist Milgrom talks about his own school years and what type of teacher he aspires to be.

The host of this podcast is’s Adam Smith.

Nobel Prize Conversations was produced in cooperation with ZEIT-Stiftung.

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