Professor Andrzej Malawski

Professor Andrzej Malawski (1948-2016) was a person of remarkable virtues of mind and character, a distinguished scholar and teacher, a person of high culture and extraordinary modesty, and a dedicated friend. His professional life was linked closely with Cracow University of Economics, starting as a trainee assistant, and ending as an ordinary professor.

Professor Malawski graduated from Jagiellonian University, completing there studies at two faculties: mathematics (1971), and philosophy (1975). These two subject areas he combined admirably in his scientific work and teaching. In 1979, Professor Malawski was awarded a Ph.D. in economics, having submitting a dissertation entitled Systemic formula of the integration of science. His monograph The relatively isolated systems and their modeling in economics served as a basis for awarding him in 1993 a habilitation in economics. In 2000, he was awarded the title of professor of economics.

Also in 2000, Professor Malawski was the winner of the 6th edition of the Bank Handlowy in Warsaw Award for special achievements in theoretical thought in the sphere of economics and finance, the so called ``Polish Nobel Prize in Economics''. The title of the monograph presented for the award, Axiomatic method in economics, was described by the award committee as follows: The winning monograph is a creative development of models aimed at the axiomatization of economic theory. Referring to the achievements of Arrow and Debreu presents a dynamic view of the processes of economic transformation. Your book is one of the few today - the more valuable Polish contributors to the world's economic methodology.

Professor Malawski was well known in Poland and abroad as an expert on the analytical foundations of economics. He focused on the general theory of economic equilibrium, evolutionary economics, systems theory, and economic methodology. He has authored numerous papers published in national and international journals, and served as a reviewer of research grants, habilitation and doctoral dissertations, monographs, and research papers.

Professor Malawski participated in the work of the Economic Commission of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, was a member of the Committee of Statistics and Econometrics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Polish Mathematical Society, the Schumpeterian Society, and the Society for Economic Design. He was also a member of NSZZ Solidarność (a famous Polish trade union, that initiated political changes in Poland in the 1980s).

Professor Malawski was intimately involved in the academic activities of Cracow University of Economics, serving as the Deputy Director of Basic Studies, Vice Rector for Research, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Management, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Finance, Head of the Division of Mathematical Economics of the Department of Mathematics, and Head of the Department of Mathematics. In recognition of his contributions, he was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit, and the Medal of the National Education Commission.

As the Head of the Department of Mathematics (since 2012), Professor Malawski inspired and encouraged his colleagues and doctoral students to pursue excellence, and has strengthened the international cooperation and international visibility of the Department.

Professor Malawski remained professionally active until the very end.

Andrzej Malawski passed away on October 13th, 2016. He has been painfully missed.

Program of the Memorial Session

The Session takes place at Cracow University of Economics, building G, room 13

12:00 - 12:30 - Opening Remarks, Rector of CUE

12:30 - 13:30 - Oded Stark (University of Bonn, University of Warsaw, Georgetown University), Social Preferences and Economic Outcomes

13:30 - 13:50 - Coffee break

13:50 - 14:40 - Jan Werner (University of Minnesota), Price bubbles and bubbly debt [slides]

14:40 - 14:50 - break

14:50 - 15:40 - Jacek Osiewalski (Cracow University of Economics), Quasi-Bayesian inference - pitfalls of incoherence [slides]


Oded Stark is a Professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, and holds professorships and distinguished appointments at other universities. In recent years he has been listed as number one in the RePEc / IDEAS ranking of the top economists in Poland, and among the top 1% in the RePEc / IDEAS ranking of the leading economists in Europe. His former appointments include Professor of Economics (Chair in Development Economics) at the University of Oslo, and Professor of Population and Economics and the Director of the Migration and Development Program at Harvard University. He is Doctor honoris causa (University of Warsaw), a Humboldt Awardee, and a Presidential Professor of Economics (Poland).

He has written on applied microeconomic theory, development economics, population economics, the economics of migration, labor economics, evolutionary economics, urban economics, regional economics, welfare economics, and the theory of the firm. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Migration of Labor (Oxford and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell 1991 and 1993), and Altruism and Beyond, An Economic Analysis of Transfers and Exchanges Within Families and Groups (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1995 and 1999), and is the co-editor of the Handbook of Population and Family Economics (in Handbooks in Economics; Amsterdam: North-Holland 1997). Several articles that he co-authored with colleagues at Cracow University of Economics have recently been published.

Jan Werner is a Professor of Economics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis USA. He received his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Warsaw and his PhD degree in economics from the University of Bonn. He taught at the European University Institute in Florence, the Vienna Graduate School of Finance and the University of Bonn and served as a Visiting Professor at the Université Paris Dauphine, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and the University of Warsaw.

Professor Werner's research focuses on general equilibrium theory, financial economics and asset pricing. He is the co-author (together with Stephen F. LeRoy) of the influential textbook Principles of Financial Economics (Cambridge University Press 2001 and 2014). Professor Werner is the Associate Editor of the Mathematics and Financial Economics, Journal of Mathematical Economics, Annals of Finance and Central European Journal of Economic Modeling and Econometrics.

In 2010 he was the president of the Minnesota Economic Association and a board member in 2006-2012. Werner is co-organizer of the annual Summer Workshop at the National Bank of Poland, which takes place since 2012. He is also the Chair of Scientific Committee of Leonid Hurwicz Workshop in Banach Center PAN, Warsaw taking place every two years since 2010.

Jacek Osiewalski is a Professor of Economics and the Head of the Department of Econometrics and Operations Research at Cracow University of Economics. In 2005 he received the title of Fellow of Journal of Econometrics for Extraordinary Research Contributions to Econometrics as the first scientist from Central and Eastern Europe.

Professor Osiewalski specializes in Bayesian statistics and econometrics. Since 1996 he systematically builds up the Kraków group of Bayesian econometrics. He is the author and co-author of over 150 scientific articles, 30 of them published in leading international journals (including Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Biometrika). Professor Osiewalski is the co-founder and the Editor of the Central European Journal of Economic Modelling and Econometrics (indexed in Web of Science since 2015 and in Scopus since 2017).

He was the president and currently is the vice-president of the Committee of Statistics and Econometrics of Polish Academy of Sciences.