PPE Workshop Archive


spring 2019

January 24, 2019—Book Panel: Public Entrepreneurship, Citizenship, and Self Governance (Cambridge, 2018) by Paul Dragos Aligica (Listen to the Audio Here)

  • Paul Dragos Aligica (Political Science, Mercatus Center at George Mason University)

  • Jerry Gaus (Philosophy, University of Arizona)

  • James Johnson (Political Science, University of Rochester)

  • Jennifer Murtazashvili (Political Science, University of Pittsburgh)

January 31, 2019—Christian List (Political Science and Philosophy, London School of Economics and Political Science) on “Free Will in a Physical World”

February 14, 2019—Yair Listokin (Law and Economics, Yale University) on “Law and Macroeconomics”

February 28, 2019—Nikhar Gaikwad (Political Science, Columbia University) on “Identity Politics and Economic Policy: Theory and Evidence from India”

March 7, 2019—Bryan Leonard (Economics, Arizona State University) on “Private vs. Government Ownership of Natural Resources: Evidence from the Bakken”

March 21, 2019—Shelby Grossman (Political Science, University of Memphis)

March 28, 2019—Mark Koyama (Economics, George Mason University) and Noel Johnson (Economics, George Mason University) on Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom (Cambridge, 2019)

April 11, 2019—Glory Liu (Political Science, Brown University) on “Adam Smith's Theory of the State”

April 18, 2019—Christy Ford Chapin (History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County) on “Health Care”

April 25, 2019—Book Panel: F. A. Hayek: Economics, Political Economy and Social Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) by Peter J. Boettke (Listen to the Audio Here)

  • Peter J. Boettke (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Bruce Caldwell (Economics, Duke University)

  • Paul Lewis (Economics, King's College London)

  • Sandra Peart (Economics, University of Richmond)

Fall 2018

August 30, 2018—Book Panel: Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of U.S. Militarism by Christopher J. Coyne and Abigail R. Hall (listen to the audio here)

  • Christopher J. Coyne (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Miriam Cohen (Law, University of Montreal)

  • John Tirman (Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

  • Jessica Trisko Darden (Political Science, American University)

September 6, 2018—David Schmidtz (Philosophy, University of Arizona) on “Rediscovering Moral Science”

September 13, 2018—Emily Chamlee-Wright (Economics, Institute for Humane Studies) on “The Political Economy of Free Speech”

September 20, 2018—Terence Kealey (Sociology, Cato Institute) on “Modeling the Industrial Revolution as a Contribution Good”

October 18, 2018—Brianne Wolf (Political Science, Ashland University) on “No Man is an Island of Itself: Adam Smith on Autonomy and Judgment”

October 25, 2018—Matthew Weinzierl (Business, Harvard University) on “A Welfarist Role for Nonwelfarist Rules”

November 8, 2018—Malte Dold (Economics, New York University) on “Moral Learning and Constitutional Choice”

November 15, 2018—Nathan Nunn (Economics, Harvard University) on “Understanding Cultural Persistence and Change”—Cancelled due to inclement weather

November 29, 2018—Agnes Callard (Philosophy, University of Chicago) on “The Paradox of Bivalence: Valuing and Attachment”

December 6, 2018—Book Panel: Political Capitalism: How Economic and Political Power Is Made and Maintained by Randall G. Holcombe (listen to the audio here)

  • Randall G. Holcombe (Economics, Florida State University)

  • Joshua C. Hall (Economics, West Virginia University)

  • Christopher J. Coyne (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Matthew Mitchell (Economics, Mercatus Center at George Mason University)


Spring 2018

January 25, 2018— Book Panel: Elinor Ostrom: An Intellectual Biography by Vlad Tarko (listen to the audio here)

  • Vlad Tarko (Economics, Dickinson College)

  • Peter Boettke (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Bobbi Herzberg (Economics, Mercatus Center at George Mason University)

  • Mike McGinnis (Political Science, Indiana University)

February 1, 2018— Sara Lowes (Economics, Bocconi University) on “Mistrust in Medicine: The Legacy of Colonial Medical Campaigns in Central Africa”

February 15, 2018— Jen Murtazashvili (Political Science, University of Pittsburgh) on “Vicious Cycles: Inefficient Institutions and the Challenge of Post-Conflict State-Building”

February 22, 2018— Chinhui Juhn (Economics, University of Houston) on “The Quantity-Quality Tradeoff and the Formation of Cognitive and Non-cognitive Skills”

March 8, 2018— Adam Leeds (Anthropology, Harvard University) on “Yuri Yaremenko’s Theory of Planned Growth and the Crisis of the Late Soviet State”

March 22— Sonja Amadae (History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

March 29, 2018— Catherine Herfeld (Philosophy, University of Zurich) on “From Theories of Human Behavior to Rules of Rational Choice: Tracing a Normative Turn at the Cowles Commission, 1943-1954”

April 11, 2018— Buchanan Speaker Series: Markets in Education by David Schmidtz (Philosophy, University of Arizona)

April 19, 2018—- Brian Kogelmann (Philosophy, University of Maryland) on “The Calculus of the Moral Community”

April 26, 2018— Book Panel: WTF! An Economic Tour of the Weird by Peter Leeson (listen to the audio here)

  • Peter Leeson (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Peter Boettke (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Boris Gershman (Economics, American University)

  • Steven Pfaff (Sociology, Washington University)

May 3, 2018— Dennis Rasmussen (Political Science, Tufts University) on “The Philosophy and Friendship of David Hume and Adam Smith”


Fall 2017

August 31, 2017— Book Panel: James M. Buchanan and Liberal Political Economy: A Rational Reconstruction by Richard Wagner (listen to the audio here)

  • Richard Wagner (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Peter Boettke (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Ross Emmett (Economics, Michigan State University)

  • Karen Vaughn (Economics, George Mason University, Emeritus)

September 7, 2017— Atin Basu Choudhary (Economics, Virginia Military Institute) on “Lesson in academic humility: What does attempting to predict growth with ml techniques teach us?”

September 14, 2017— Yehonantan Givati (Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) on “Law, Economics, and Language: Spontaneous versus Planned Order”

September 21, 2017— Daniel Smith (Economics, Troy University) on “Long live the King? Death as a Term Limit on Executives”

September 28, 2017— Nicolas Cachanosky (Economics, Metropolitan State University of Denver) on “Is Macroeconomics Taking an Austrian Turn?”

October 5, 2017— Ryan Murphy (Economics, Southern Methodist University) on “The State Economic Modernity Index: An Index of State Building, State size and Scope, and Economic Power”

October 12, 2017— Robert Leonard (Economics, Université du Québec à Montréal) on “Tools Machines and Metaphysics: E. F. Schumacher and the Idea of Intermediate Technology, 1950-1977”

October 19, 2017— Tony Gill (Political Science, University of Washington) on “The Libertarian Club Conundrum: Local Norms, Open Borders, and What I learned at the Friendly Neighborhood Megachurch”

October 25, 2017— Hayek Speaker Series: Humane Libertarianism: A New American Liberalism by Deirdre McCloskey (Economics, History, English, and Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago)

November 9, 2017— Stephen Davies (History, Institute for Economic Affairs) on “Cities, Networks, and Power in History and Today”

November 30, 2017— Greg Dempster (Economics, Hampden-Sydney College) on “The Political Economy of Venture Creation”

December 7, 2017— Book Panel: Stateless Commerce: The Diamond Network and the Persistence of Relational Exchange by Barak Richman (listen to audio here)

  • Barak Richman (Law, Duke University)

  • Peter Boettke (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Peter Leeson (Economics, George Mason University)

  • David Skarbek (Economics, Brown University)


Spring 2017

January 26, 2017— Book Panel: Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes by Aurelian Craiutu (listen to the audio here)

  • Aurelian Craiutu (Political Science, Indiana University Bloomington)

  • Joshua Cherniss (Government, Georgetown University)

  • Karol Soltan (Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park)

February 2, 2017— Michael Douma (History, Georgetown University) on “What is Classical Liberal History”

February 9, 2017— Jonathan Klick (Law, University of Pennsylvania) on “The Value of the Right to Exclude: An Empirical Assessment”

February 16, 2017— Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde (Economics, University of Pennsylvania) on “Global Economics History: A Proposal for a New Textbook"

February 23, 2017— Alexander Salter (Economics, Texas Tech University) on “Political Property Rights in Medieval Representative Assemblies”

March 9, 2017— Alain Marciano (Economics, Universite de Montpellier) on “The Making of a Constitutionalist: James Buchanan on Education”

March 29, 2017— Hayek Speaker Series: Immigration and Freedom by Chandran Kukathas (Political Theory, London School of Economics)

March 30— Magnus Henrekson (Economics, Research Institute of Industrial Economics) on “Entrepreneurship and Institutions: A Bidirectional Relationship”

April 6, 2017— Ilia Murtazashvili (Political Science, University of Pittsburgh) on “Public Sector Governance and the Origins of Private Property Rights”

April 20, 2017— John Dove (Economics, Troy University) on “It’s Easier to Contract than to Pay: Judicial Independence and the U.S. Municipal Default in the 19th Century”

April 27, 2017— Beatrice Cherrier (History, University of Caen) on “Economists’ interest in collective decision after World War II: a history”

May 4, 2017— Book Panel: Escape from Democracy: The Role of Experts and the Public in Economic Policy by David Levy and Sandra Peart

  • David Levy (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Sandra Peart (Economics, University of Richmond)

  • Roger Congleton (Economics, West Virginia University)

  • Roger Koppl (Economics and Finance, Syracuse University)


Fall 2016

September 1, 2016— Mark Koyama (Economics, George Mason University) on “Economic Shocks, Inter-Ethnic Complementarities and the Persecution of Minorities: Evidence from the Black Death”

September 8th, 2016— Book Panel: Community Revival in the Wake of Disaster: Lessons in Local Entrepreneurship by Virgil Storr, Stefanie Haeffele, and Laura Grube (listen to audio here)

  • Virgil Storr (Economics, Mercatus Center at George Mason University)

  • Stefanie Haeffele (Economics, Mercatus Center at George Mason University)

  • Laura Grube (Economics, Beloit College)

  • Daniel Aldrich (Political Science, Northeastern University)

  • Lori Peek (Sociology, Colorado State University)

  • Emily Chamlee-Wright (Economics, Washington College)

September 15, 2016— Jayme Lemke (Economics, Mercatus Center) on “For Her Own Good: Ideology, Interests, and Social Entrepreneurship in the Progressive Era Regulation of Women’s Labor”

September 29, 2016— Art Goldsmith (Economics, Washington & Lee University) on “Child Abuse, Sexual Assault, Community Violence and High School Graduation”

October 6, 2016— Buchanan Speaker Series: “Thirty Years After the Nobel: James Buchanan’s Virginia Political Economy Keynote Address and Panel Discussion”

  • Michael Munger (Political Science, Duke University)

  • David Schmidtz (Philosophy, University of Arizona)

  • Barry Weingast (Political Science, Stanford University)

  • Luigi Zingales (Entrepreneurship & Finance, University of Chicago)

October 13, 2016— Anja Shortland (Political Economy, King’s College London) on “Governing Criminal Markets: The Role of Private Insurers in Kidnap for Ransom”

October 20, 2016— Anton Howes (Public Policy, King’s College London & Brown University) on “The Improving Mentality: The spread of the idea of innovation in Britain 1551-1851”

October 27, 2016— Brian McCabe (Sociology, Georgetown University) on “Wealth, Community, and the Politics of Homeownership”

November 3, 2016— Robin Hanson (Economics, George Mason University) on The Age of Em

November 10, 2016— J.R. Clark (Economics, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) on “Markets and Morality”

November 17, 2016— Daniel Hammond (Economics, Wake Forest University) on “The Insufficiency of Economics”

December 1, 2016— Stefan Koley (Economics, University of Applied Sciences Zwickau & Duke University) on “Reincorporating Friedrich von Wieser and the concept of power into the Austrian paradigm”

December 8, 2016— Book Panel: Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions by Steve Horwitz (listen to audio here)

  • Steve Horwitz (Economics, Ball State University)

  • Peter Boettke (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Bobbi Herzberg (Economics, Mercatus Center at George Mason University)

  • David T. Beito (Research Fellow, The Independent Institute)


Spring 2016

January 21, 2016— Book Panel: Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom by Jacob Levy.

  • Jacob Levy (Political Science, McGill University)

  • Peter Boettke (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Alan Levine (Political Science, American University)

  • Richard Boyd (Philosophy, Georgetown University)

January 28, 2016— Peter Leeson (Economics, George Mason University) on “Witch Trials”

February 4, 2016— Mario Rizzo (Economics, New York University) on “Preferences Biases: A Critique and Something to Offend Everyone”

February 11, 2016— David Wilson (Biology, Binghamton University) on “Human Ultrasociality and the Invisible Hand: Foundational Developments in Evolutionary Science Alter A Foundational Concept in Economics”

February 18, 2016— Todd Zywicki (Law, George Mason University) on “Do American Really Save Too Little and Should We Nudge Them More? The Ethics of Nudging Retirement Savings”

February 25, 2016— Israel M. Kirzner (Economics, New York University) on “My Career as an Austrian Economist”

March 3, 2016— Arjo Klamer (Economics, Erasmus University) on “To Realize values We Need to Procure goods, The Most Important of Which Are Shared”

March 17, 2016— Claudia Williamson (Economics, Mississippi State University) on “Trust and the Regulation of Corporate Self-Dealing”

March 24, 2016— Erwin Dekker (Economics, Erasmus University) on “Exemplary Goods: A Coordination Perspective

March 31, 2016— Christopher Freiman (Philosophy, College of William and Mary) on “Should States Allow Markets in Citizenship?”

April 14, 2016— Steve Medema (Economics, University of Colorado Denver) on “The Coase Theorem at Fifty”

April 21, 2016— Deirdre McCloskey (History and Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago) and Don Boudreaux (Economics, George Mason University) on “A Conversation with Deirdre McCloskey on Bourgeois Equality

April 28, 2016— Andreas Hoffman (Economics, Leipzig University) on “Exchange Rates During World War I”


Fall 2015

September 3, 2015— Book Panel: Private Governance: Creating Order in Economic and Social Life by Edward Stringham

  • Edward Stringham (Economics, Trinity College)

  • Peter Boettke (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Jason Brennan (Philosophy, Georgetown University)

  • Bruce Benson (Economics, Florida State University)

September 10, 2015— Anthony J. Evans (Economics, ESCP Europe Business School) on “Choose Your Own Financial Crisis”

September 17, 2015— Aris Trantidis (Political Science, King’s College) on “Clientelism and Economic Policy: Hybrid Characteristics of Collective Action in Greece”

October 29, 2015— Saras Sarasvethy (Business, University of Virginia) and Anusha Ramesh (University of Virginia) on “Cognitive and Social Approaches to Perspective Taking in Co-Founder Equity Spirits”

November 5, 2015— Roger Congleton (Economics, West Virginia University) on “Economic Progress and Ethics: Commerce and the Better Life”

November 12, 2015— Bryan Caplan (Economics, George Mason University on “The Case Against Education: A Professional Student Explains Why Our Education System is a Big Waste of Time and Money”

November 19, 2015— Paul Lewis (Economics, King’s College London) on “Systems, Structural Properties, adn Levels of Organization: The Influence of Ludwig won Bertanlanffy on the World of F.A. Hayek”

December 3, 2015— Book Panel: Justice at a Distance by Loren Lomasky

  • Loren Lamasky (Philosophy, University of Virginia)

  • Michael Clemens (Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development)

  • Jesse Kirkpatrick (Assistant Director, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, George Mason University)

December 10, 2015— Sandra Peart (Economics, University of Richmond) on “Hayek, Mill and the Discussion Tradition in Economics”


spring 2015

January 22, 2015— Book Panel: How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness by Russ Roberts.

  • Russ Roberts (Economics, Hoover Institution at Stanford University)

  • Peter Boettke (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Daniel Klein (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Ryan Hanley (Political Science, Marquette University)

January 29, 2015— Michael Munger (Economics, Duke University) on “Human Agency and Convergence: Gaus’s Kantian Parliamentarian”

February 5, 2015— Josh Hendrickson (Economics, University of Mississippi) on “The Bullionist Controversy: Theory and New Evidence”

February 9, 2015— David Azerrad (Economics, Heritage Foundation) on “Was Locke a Libertarian?”

February 19, 2015— Book Panel: The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System by David Skarbek

  • David Skarbek (Economics, King’s College London)

  • Peter Boettke (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Bert Useem (Sociology, Purdue University)

  • Peter Reuter (Criminology, University of Maryland)

February 23, 2015— John Wallis (Economics, University of Maryland) on “Leviathan Denied: Rules, Governments, and Social Dynamics”

March 16, 2015— Alain Marciano (Economics, Universite Montpellier 1, Montpellier, France) on “Exploitation, Mutual Advantage, and the Myth of the Samaritan’s Dilemma”

March 26, 2015— Mark Koyama (Economics, George Mason University) on “The Birth of Religious Freedom: Liberalism, Rule of Law, and State Capacity, 1100-1800”

April 2, 2015— Doug Rasmussem (Philosophy, St. John’s University) and Douglas Den Uyl (Philosophy, Liberty Fund) on “The Entrepreneur as Moral Hero”

April 9, 2015— Scott Scheall (Philosophy, Arizona State University) on “Kinds of Scientific Rationalism: The Case for Methodological Liberalism”

April 16, 2015— Timur Kuran (Economics, Duke University) on “The Financial Power of the Powerless: Socio-Economic Status and the Interest Rates under Partial Rule of Law”

April 22, 2015— Neera Badhwar (Philosophy and Philosopher-in-Residence, F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics) on Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life

April 30, 2015— Andrew J. Cohen (Philosophy, Georgia State University on (“Freedom from Harm”


fall 2014

August 28, 2014— Book Panel: Anarchy Unbound: Why Self-Governance Works Better Than You Think by Peter Leeson

  • Peter Leeson (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Peter Boettke (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Barak Richman (Law, Duke University)

  • John Hasnas (Philosophy, Georgetown University)

September 4, 2015— Chris Coyne (Economics, George Mason University) on “Lobotomizing the Defense Brain”

September 11, 2014— Douglas Irwin (Economics, Dartmouth College) on “Adam Smith’s ‘Tolerable Administration of Justice’ and the Wealth of Nations”

September 18, 2014— Alexander Gill (Economics, North Carolina State University) on “Why Does Securitization Exist”

September 25, 2014— Carol Connell (Business, Brooklyn College) on “The Evolution of an Argument: How Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review Became Ground Zero for Monetary Reform”

October 2, 2014— Israel Kirzner on 40 Years after the Nobel: F.A. Hayek and Political economy as a Progressive Research Program

  • Israel Kirzner (Economics, New York University)

  • Edmund Phelps (Economics, Columbia University)

  • Vernon Smith (Economics, Chapman University)

  • Eric Maskin (Economics, Harvard University)

October 9, 2014— Emily Skarbek (Economics, King’s College London) on “Politics as Exchange in the Incorporation of Civil Society in 19th Century America”

November 6, 2014— Filippo Sabetti (Political Science, McGill University) on “The Rise and Fall of Baronial Jurisdiction in Sicily: A Theoretical Model Reconsidered”

November 13, 2014— Tim Groseclose (Political Science, George Mason University) on Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind

November 20, 2014— Matt Zwolinski (Philosophy, University of San Diego) on “A Brief History of Libertarianism"

December 4, 2014— Book Panel: Consumer Credit and the American Economy by Todd Zywicki

  • Todd Zywicki (Law, George Mason University)

  • Peter Boettke (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Steve Pearlstein (Public and International Affairs, George Mason University)

  • Joshua Wright (Federal Trade Commission)


Spring 2014

January 23, 2014— David Skarbek (Economics, King’s College London) on The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System

January 30, 2014— Erwin Dekker (Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam) on “The Viennese Students of Civilization: Humility, Culture and Economics in Interwar Vienna and Beyond”

February 6, 2014— Claudia Williamson (Economics, Mississippi State University) on “Culture and Contract Enforcement”

February 17, 2014— Alan Levine (Political Science, American University) on “The Idea of America In European Political thought: 1492-9/11”

February 27, 2014— Young Back Choi (Economics, st. John’s University) on “Inequality, Mobility and Entrepreneurship”

March 4, 2014— Benjamin Powell (Economics, Texas Tech University) on Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy

March 19, 2014— Anthony Gill (Political Science of University of Washington) on “Religious Liberty and Economics Development: Exploring the Causal Connections

March 24, 2014— Michael Fotos (Political Science, Yale University) on “Counter-Intentional Policy Outcomes: Applying Workshop Analytics to the Diagnosis of ‘Foreseeable but Unanticipated Consequences’”

April 3, 2014— Ning Wang (Economics, Zhejing University) on How China Became Capitalist

April 10, 2014— Brad Hobbs (Economics, Florida Gulf Coast University) on “Dispelling the Pessimistic Bias”

April 16, 2014— Suri Ratnapala (Law, The University of Queensland Australia) on “From Sensory Order to Legal Order: Evolution in law int he Philosophy of David Hume”

April 21, 2014— William Wimsatt (Philosophy, University of Chicago) on “Entrenchment and Scaffolding in Cultural Evolution”

May 1, 2014— Jason Brennan (Philosophy, Georgetown University) on Markets Without Limits


Fall 2013

August 29, 2013— David Levy (Economics, George Mason University) on “Thomas Jefferson Controversy”

September 5, 2013— Will Luther (Economics, Kenyon College) on “Crypto-Currencies, Network Effects, and Switching Costs”

September 12, 2013— Ross Emmett (Economics, Michigan State University) on “Frank H. Knight and the Committee on Social Thought: Contrasting Visions of Interdisciplinary in the 1950s”

September 19, 2013— Mercatus Friedman Event

September 26, 2013— Richard Ebeling (Economics, Northwood University) on “Hayek and Mises: From Vienna Days to Conceptions of the Market Process”

October 3, 2013— Scott Scheall (Philosophy, Arizona State University) on “Hayel’s Epistemic Theory of Industrial Fluctuations”

October 10, 2013— Bruce Caldwell (Economics, Duke University) on “F.A. Hayek and the Economic Calculus”

October 17, 2013— Bryan Cwik (Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University) on “Intellectual Property or Intellectual Monopoly”

October 31, 2013— Erik Anger (Philosophy, George Mason University) on “Happiness”

November 7, 2013— Michael Thomas (Economics, Utah State University) on “Sin Taxes, Social Engineering, and the Legacy of Pigouvian Economics”

December 5, 2013— Mark LeBar (Philosophy, Ohio University) on “My Welfare and Yours”


Spring 2013

January 24, 2013— Casey Mulligan (Economics, University of Chicago) on “The Redistribution Recession)

January 31, 2013— Mark Koyama (Economics, George Mason University) on “Persecutions and Pogroms”

February 7, 2013— Kirzner Event

February 14, 2013— Andy Morriss (School of Law, University of Alabama) on “Creating Cayman as an Offshore Financial Center: Structure & Strategy since 1960”

February 22, 2013— Bart Wilson (Economics, Chapman University Economic Science Institute) on “Sentiments, Conduct, and Trust in the Laboratory”

February 28, 2013— Kevin Vallier (Philosophy, Bowling Green State University) on “Public Reason and Public Choice: A Synthesis”

March 20, 2013— Zoltan Acs (Public Policy, George Mason University) on Why Philanthropy Matters

March 28, 2013— David Sanz Bas (Economics, Universidad Catolica de Avila) on “Hayek’s Critique of the General Theory”

April 4, 2013— George Selgin (Economics, University of Georgia) on “Quasi-Commodity Money”

April 9, 2013— Francesco di Iorio (Economics, Duke University) on “Is Methodological Individualism a Reductionist Approach?”

April 23, 2013— Fred Miller (Philosophy, Bowling Green State University) on “Aristotle and Business: Friend or Foe?”

May 2, 2013— James Robinson (Economics, Harvard University) on “Why Nations Fail”

May 9, 2013— Chris Coyne (Economics, George Mason University) on Doing Bad by Doing Good


Fall 2012

August 30, 2012— Book Panel: Living Economics by Peter Boettke

  • Peter Boettke (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Peter Leeson (Economics, George Mason University)

  • Tony Carilli (Economics, Hampden-Sydney College)

  • Alex Tabarrok (Economics, George Mason University)

September 6, 2012— Eric Mack (Philosophy, Tulane University)

September 13, 2012— Ilya Somin (Law, George Mason University School of Law) on “Democracy and Political Ignorance”

September 20, 2012— Dan D’Amico (Economics, Loyola University of New Orleans) on “Counter Revolution of Criminological Science”

October 3, 2012— Gerd Gigerenzer (Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development) on “Heuristic Decision Making”

October 11, 2012— Paul Zak (Economics, Claremont Graduate School) on The Moral Molecule

October 18, 2012— Rob Axtell (Computational Social Science, George Mason University) on “many-agent Firms and Endogenous Labor Dynamics)

October 25, 2012— Loren Lomasky (Philosophy, University of Virginia) on “Everything Old is New Again: The Death and Rebirth of Classical Liberal Philosophy”

November 1, 2012— Matt Mitchell (Economics, Mercatus Center) on “The Pathology of Privilege: The Economics Consequences of Government Favoritism”

November 8, 2012— Diana Thomas (Economics, Utah State University) on “Alcohol Prohibition in the Beehive”

November 29, 2012— Bas Van Der Vossen (Philosophy, University of North Carolina Greensboro) on “The Kantian Case for Classical Liberalism”

December 6, 2012— Mario Rizzo (Economics, New York University) on “Austrian Economics Meets Behavioral Economics: The Problem of Rationality”


Spring 2012

January 27, 2012— Filip Palda (Public Administration, University of Quebec) on “Pareto’s Republic”

February 3, 2012— Andrei Schleifer (Economics, Harvard University) on “Education and the Quality of Institutions”

February 9, 2012— Timur Kuran (Economics & Political Science, Duke) on “Religious Obstacles to democratization in the Middle East: Past and Present”

February 17, 2012— Ryan Muldoon (Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania) on “Justice without Agreement”

February 24, 2012— Nassim Taleb (Engineering, New York University Polytechnic Institute) on “Fragility and Anti-Fragility”

March 1, 2012— Steve Medema (Economics, University of Colorado) on “Rethinking Market Failure”

March 30, 2012— Barak Richman (Law, Duke University) on “Stateless Commerce”

April 5, 2012— Eric Schliesser (Philosophy, Ghent University) on “What Happened to Knightian (and Keynesian) Uncertainty post WWII?: A Philosophic History”

April 6, 2012— Cristina Biccieri (Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania) on “Third-Party Sanctioning and Compensation Behavior: Findings From the Ultimatum Game”

April 19, 2012— Shoshana Grossbard (Economics, San Diego State University) on “Do Men Pay Women for Household Production? The Case of Income Pooling in Denmark”

April 27, 2012— John Tomasi (Politics, Brown University) on “Free Market Fairness”


Fall 2011

September 2, 2011— Chris Blattman (Politics, Yale University) on “The Logic of Child Soldiering and Coercion”

September 9, 2011— Philip Auerswald (Public Policy, George Mason University) on “The Coming Prosperity”

September 16, 2011— David Schmidtz (Philosophy, University of Arizona) on “Hayek against Justice”

September 22, 2011— Lawrence H. White (Economics, George Mason University) on “Introduction to F.A. Hayek, Essays in Capital and Interest in The Collected Work of F.A Hayek

October 20, 2011— David Friedman (Law, Santa Clara University) on “Market Failure in the Market for Law”

October 27, 2011— Michael Reksulak (Economics, Georgia Southern University) on “Reducing the Impact of Ethnic Tensions on Economics Growth- Economics or Politic Institutions?”

November 4, 2011— Sylvia Nasar (Economics Journalism, Columbia University) on “Celebration of the Scholarship of Don Lavoie The Grand Pursuit: The story of Economic Genius

November 18, 2011— Pierre Garrouste (Economics, San Jose State University) on “Written Feedback and Dictator’s Behavior: Some Experimental Evidence”

November 18, 2011— Ed Lopex (Economics, San Jose University) on “The Problem with the Hold Out Problem”

December 9, 2011— Scott Cunningham (Economics, Baylor University) on “Monopolistic Competition with Product Differentiation in Prostitution Markets: Explaining the Returns to BMI”


spring 2011

February 9, 2011— Deirdre McCloskey (Economics, History, English and Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago on “Linguinomics & Humanomics: Thoughts & Theorems about Language in the Economy”

February 17, 2011— Richard Ebeling (Economics, Northwood University) on “Monetary, Fiscal & Economic Policy Problems Before, During & After the Great War”

March 3, 2011— Malavika Nair (Economics, Suffolk University) on “Workings of a Ninteenth Century Indigenous Banking System: A Case Support of Free Banking”

April 7, 2011— Mark Koyama (Economics, York University) on “Emancipation & Schism: The Emergence of Reform & Ultra-Orthodox Judaism”

April 21, 2011— Peter Leeson (Economics, George Mason University) on “Animal Trials”

April 28, 2011— Gerald O’Driscoll (Senior Fellow, CATO Institute) on “Monetary Order for a Free Society”

May 5, 2011— Ronald Hamowy (History, University of Alberta)


Fall 2010

September 1, 2010— Book Panel: Post Distaster Recovery: An Institutional and Cultural Perspective on the Reconstruction of the Gulf Coast by Emily Chamlee Wright and Nona Martin

  • Emily Chamlee-Wright (Economics, Beloit College)

  • Non Martin (History, George Mason University)

September 9, 2010— Book Panel: Dr. James M. Buchanan’s Contributions to Social Philosophy and Political Economy

  • James M. Buchanan (1986 Nobel Laureate, George Mason University)

  • Amartya Sen (1998 Nobel Laureate, Harvard University)

  • Elinor Ostrom (2009 Nobel Laureate, Indiana University)

February 17, 2010— Richard Ebeling (Economics, Northwood University) on “Monetary, Fiscal, and Economics Policy Problems Before, During and After the Great War”

March 3, 2010— Malavika Nair (Economics, Suffolk University) on “Workings of a Nineteenth Century Indigenous Banking System: A Case in Support of Free Banking”

April 7, 2010— Mark Koyama (Economics, York University) on “Emancipation and Schism: The Emergence of Reform and Ultra-Orthodox Judaism”

April 21, 2010— Peter Leeson (Economics, George Mason University) on “Animal Trials”

April 28, 2010— Gerald O’Driscoll (Senior Fellow, CATO Institute) on “Monetary Order for a Free Society”

May 5, 2010— Ronald Hamowy (History (Emeritus), University of Alberta)


Spring 2010

February 2, 2010— Book Panel: Challenging Institutional Analysis and Development: The Bloomington School by Paul Dragos Aligica and Peter Boettke

  • Elinor Ostrom (Nobel Laureate, Co-Director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis)

  • Peter Boettke (Vice President for Research, Mercatus Center)

  • Paul Dragos Aligica (Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center)

February 11, 2010— Gerald Gaus (Philosophy, University of Arizona) on “The Property Equilibrium in a Liberal Social Order (or How to Correct Our Moral Vision)”

February 18, 2010— Tara Smith (Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin) on “Value-Neutrality & The Rule of Law”

February 25, 2010— Brian Simpson (Economics, National University) on “Keynes’s Theory of Depression: A Critique”

March 2, 2010— Bruce Caldwell (Economics, Duke University) on “Ten (Mostly) Austrian Insights for These Trying TImes”

March 23, 2010— Steven Landsburg (Economics, University of Rochester) on “The Big Question”

April 1, 2010— Jonathan Jacobs (Philosophy, Colgate University) on “Contingency, Liberty, and Patience as a Political Virtue: Smith’s Crucial Insight”

April 8, 2010— David Harper (Economics, New York University) on “The Anatomy of Emergence, with a Focus Upon Capital Formation”

April 15, 2010— Ryan Oprea (Economics, University of California Santa Cruz) on “Extreme Walrasian Dynamics: The Gale Example in the Lab”

April 20, 2010— David Beckworth (Economics, Texas State University) on “Where the Fed Goes Wrong: The ‘Productivity Gap’ and Monetary Policy”

April 27, 2010— Steven Medema (Economics, University of Colorado at Denver) on “Economists and the Analysis of Government Failure: How Cambridge Did and Did Not Anticipate Chicago and Virginia”

May 4, 2010— Rob Axtell (Center for Social Complexity, George Mason University) on “A General Mathematical Representation of Behavioral and Aggregate Discounting”


Fall 2009

September 3, 2009— Lawrence H. White (Economics, George Mason University) on “The Roaring Twenties and Austrian Business Cycle Theory”

September 8, 2009— Virgil Storr (Social Theory, Mercatus Center at George Mason University) on “Schutz on Objectivity and Spontaneous Orders”

September 17, 2009— Omar Al-Ubaydli (Economics, George Mason University) on “The Nature of Excess: Investigating Price Dynamics”

September 22, 2009— Scott Sumner (Economics, Bently University) on “The Great Danes: Cultural Values & Neoliberal Reforms* (*Or: Is There NOthing Rotten in Denmark?)”

October 6, 2009— Gene Callahan (Politics, Cardiff University) on “Economics and Its Modes”

October 15, 2009— Roger Koppl (Economics, Farleigh Dickinson University) on “Organization Economics Explains Many Forensic Science Errors”

October 20, 2009— Henry Manne (Professor Emeritus, George Mason University School of Law) on “Entrepreneurship, Compensation and the Corporation”

October 29, 2009— Todd Zywicki (Law, George Mason University) on “Bankruptcy Law & Policy in the Twenty-first Century”

November 5, 2009— James Stacey Taylor (Philosophy, The College of New Jersey) on “Epicureanism, Presumed Consent, Organ Conscription, and Futures Markets in Cadaveric Organs”

November 12, 2009— Steve Horwitz (Economics, St. Lawrence University) on “Knowledge, Incentive, and Parental Rights: A Framework for Libertarian Family Policy”

November 19, 2009— William S. Mounts (Economics, Mercer University) on “The Nature of Banking, Information-Insensitive Balance Sheets, and Excess Reserves after the Bank Holiday of 1933”

December 3, 2009— Neera Badhwar (Philosophy, University of Oklahoma) on “Friendship & Commercial Societies”

December 10, 2009— George Selgin (Economics, University of Georgia) on “Strong Steam, Weak Patents, or the Myths of Watt’s Innovation-Blocking Monopoly, Exploded”


Spring 2009

January 22, 2009— Christopher Kingston (Economics, Amberst College) on “Marine Insurance in Philadelphia during the Quasi-War with France, 1795-1801

January 29, 2009— Alexandre Padilla (Economics, Metropolitan State College of Denver) on “Self-Regulation in the Adult Film Industry: Why are HIV Outbreaks the Exception and Not the Norm?”

February 5, 2009— Derek Boyd (Philosophy, George Mason University) on “Rational Choice Theory, Commitment, and Toward a Rational Basis for Quitting Smoking”

February 19, 2009— Jack High (Public Policy, George Mason University) on “Entrepreneurship and the Institutions of Growth”

March 19, 2009— Richard Adelstein (Economics, Wesleyan University) on “Firms as Social Actors”

March 26, 2009— Richard Ebeling (Senior Fellow, American Institute for Economic Research) on “Austria-Hungary’s Economic Policies in the Twilight of the ‘Liberal’ Era: Ludwig von Mises’s Writings on Monetary and Fiscal Policy before the First World War”

April 2, 2009— Paul Lewis (Economics, Kings College London) on “The Role of External Inspection in the Public Sevices: The of the UK Training Market”

April 23, 2009— Loren Lomasky (Philosophy, University of Virginia) on “Contract, Covenant, Constitution”

April 28, 2009— Charles Rowley (Economics, George Mason University) on “Put Not Your Trust in Trust Relationships”


Fall 2008

August 28, 2008— Peter Leeson (Economics, George Mason University) on “Pirational Choice: The Economics of Infamous Pirate Practices”

September 4, 2008— Alejandra Salinas (Political and Social Theory, UCA/ESEADE) on “Democracy and the Economy: An Analysis of Buchanan’s Views on Political Psychology”

September 12, 2008— Jochen Runde (Director of Programmes, Judge Business School University of Cambridge) on “On the Identity of Technological Objects and User Innovations in Function”

September 25, 2008— Vincent Bignon (Maitre de conferences, IUFM of Creteil) on “Black Markets and Grey Networks for Illegal Exchanges in Post WW2 Germany”

October 9, 2008— Ben Powell (Economics, Suffolk University) on “The Rent Seeking Cost of Immigration Restrictions”

October 16, 2008— Ivan Pongracic (Economics, Hillsdale College) on “Employees and Entrepreneurship: Co-ordination and Spontaneity in Non-hierarchical Business Organizations.”

November 13, 2008— Scott Beaulier (Economics, Mercer University) on “Mr. Hayek, I Presume? Can Economists Explain African Underdevelopment, or Are They Lost in the Bush?”


Spring 2008

January 29, 2008— E. Glen Weyl (Economics, Princeton University) on “Whose Rights?: A Critique of Individual Agency as the Basis of Rights”

February 7, 2008— Dan Klein (Economics, George Mason University) on “Coordination in the History of Economics”

February 14, 2008— Jared Rubin (Economics, California State University at Fullerton) on “Printing and Interest Restrictions in Islam and Christianity”

February 21, 2008— Bruce Caldwell (Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro) on “Studies on the Abuse and Decline of Reason”

February 28, 2008— John Murray (Economics, University of Toledo) on “Identifying, Separating, and Managing Asymmetric Information”

March 6, 2008— Jon Klick (Law, Columbia University) on “The Regulation of Contracts: The Case for Franchising”

March 20, 2008— Pierre Garrouste (Economics, University of Paris I) on “The Emergence and Evolution of Institutions: The Complementary Approaches of Carl Menger and Thorstein Veblen”

March 27, 2008— Agnes Festre (Economics, University of Nice) on “Menger and Wieser and the Dynamics of the Emergence of Money”

April 3, 2008— Robert Nelson (Public Policy, University of Maryland) on “Scholasticism vs. Pietism: The Battle for the Soul of Economics”

April 10, 2008— Russ Roberts (Economics, George Mason University) on “A Graphical Approach to Teaching Hayek on Knowledge”

April 17, 2008— Robin Douhan (Uppsala University and research Institute of Industrial Economics) on “The Political Economy of Entrepreneurship”

April 24, 2008— Karen Clay (Economics, Carnegie Mellon University) on “The Effects of Uncertain Property Rights on Agricultural Production”

May 1, 2008— Samuel Fleischaker (Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago) and Dan Klein (Economics, George Mason University) on “What Would Adam Smith Think of the Modern Welfare State?”

May 8, 2008— Dan Houser (Economics, George Mason University) on “Human Altruism Explains Participation in Democratic Elections”


Fall 2007

September 4, 2007— Peter T. Leeson (Economics, George Mason University) on “An-arrgh-chy: The Law and Economics of Pirate Organization”

September 11, 2007— Werner Troesken (Economics and History, George Mason University) on “Competition and Corruption”

September 18, 2007— Emily Chamlee-Wright (Economics and Management, Beloit College) on “Church Provision for Club Goods and Community Redemption in New Orleans East”

September 27, 2007— Michael McBride (Economics, University of California Irvine) on “Why Churches Need Free-Riders: Religious Capital Formation and Religious Group Survival”

October 9, 2007— Svetozar (Steve) Pejovich (Professor Emeritus Texas A&M University) on “Capitalism and the Rule of Law: The Case for Common Law”

October 16, 2007— Dan Klein (Economics, George Mason University) and Bryan Caplan (Economics, George Mason University) on “Debate on The Myth of the Rational Voter

October 23, 2007— Gary Richardson (Economics, George Mason University) and Dan Bogart (Economics, University of California Irvine) and “The Property Rights Revolution in Britain, 1689 to 1830”

October 30, 2007— Gabriella Montinola (Political Science, University of California, David) on “Does Foreign Aid Prop Up Autocrats, Democrats or Both?”

November 6, 2007— Steven Horwitz (Economics, St. Lawrence University) on “Markets, Maslow, and the Evolution of the Modern Family”

November 13, 2007— David C. Rose (Economics, University of Missouri St Louis) on “Social Capital, Trust and Economic Behavior”

November 27, 2007— Raphael Franck (Economics, Bar-Ilan University) on “Does Economic Development Cause a Decline in Religiosity? Explaining the Separation of Church and State in France in 1905”

December 4, 2007— James A. Leitzel (Director of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago) on “Regulating Vice”


Spring 2007

January 23, 2007— Dr. Viktor Vanberg (University of Freiburg) on “Rationality, Rule-Following and Emotions: On the Economics of Moral Preferences”

January 30, 2007— Dr. Hilton Root (Public Policy, George Mason University) on “Excerpts from ‘Curse of Alliances: How the US Won the Cold War and Lost the Third World’”

February 6, 2007— Dr. Evelyn Gick (Economics, Dartmouth College) on “Morality and Cognition: A Hayekian Perspective”

February 13, 2007— Dr. Randy Barnett (Georgetown University Law Center) on “The People of the State?: Two views of Popular Sovereignty”

February 20, 2007— Dr. Jack Goldston (Public Policy, George Mason University) on “Democracy and Development: Exploring the Dynamics Through Mapping Trajectories”

February 27, 2007— Dr. Daniel Klein (Economics, George Mason University) on “I, Joy”

March 6, 2007— Dr. Mario Rizzo (Economics, New York University) on “Paternalist Slopes”

March 20, 2007— Mr. Kevin Vallier (Philosophy, University of Arizona) on “The Theory of Public Desert I: Toward a Reconciliation of Liberalism and Desert”

March 27, 2007— Dr. Pierre Garrouste (University Lumiere-Lyon 2 and ATOM) on “Individual Rationality: Three Puzzles”

April 3, 2007— Dr. Agnes Festre (University of Nice and Demos-Credeg Center) on “Rationality, Behavior, Institutional and Economic Change in Schumpeter”

April 17, 2007— Dr. Bart Wilson (Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, George Mason University) on “Exchange and Specialization as a Discovery Process”

May 1, 2007— Dr. Todd Zywicki (School of Law, George Mason University) on “Posner, Hayek and the Economics Analysis of Law”


Fall 2006

August 31, 2006— Gerhard Wegner (Economics, University of Erfurt, Germany) on “Political Failure By Agreement: Learning Liberalism and the Welfare State”

September 5, 2006— Jeffrey Friedman (Politics, Critical Review) and Ilya Somin (Law, George Mason University) on “Critical Dialogue on Public Ignorance and Understanding Politics; The Epistemology and Politics of Ignorance; Knowledge about Ignorance: New Directions in the Study of Political Information; Public Competence in Normative and Empirical Theory: Neglected Implications of ‘The Nature of Belief Systems in Mass Publics’”

September 11, 2006— Seth Roberts (Psychology, University of California Berkeley) on “How Economics Shaped Human Nature” and “What Do Students Want”

September 21, 2006— Christopher J. Coyne (Economics, Hampden Sydney College) on “After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy”

September 25, 2006— Nils Karlson (Ratio Institute) on “The Swedish Growth School”

September 28, 2006— Emily Chamlee-Wright (Economics, Beloit College) on “After the Storm: Social Capital Regrouping in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina”

October 31, 2006— Katherine Erbeznik (Philosophy, Bowling Green State University) on “Does the Lockean Proviso Commit Us to Global Redistribution?”

November 14, 2006— Richard Wagner (Economics, George Mason University) on “Property, Emergence and the Theory of Public Finance and Handshakes, Fists, and Tectonic Political Economy”

December 5, 2006— Peter Leeson and Russell Sobel (Economics, West Virginia University) on “Contagious Capitalism”


Spring 2006

January 23, 2006— Michael Hechter (Sociology, Arizona State University) on “Alien Rule”

February 2, 2006— Daniel Chen (Economics, University of Chicago) on “Political Economy of Beliefs”

February 10, 2006— Robert Frank (Economics, Cornell University) on “Are Positional Externalities Different from Other Externalities?”

February 13, 2006— David Harper (Economics, New York University) on “Economic Pathways to Numeracy”

February 20, 2006— Dan Klein and Peter Boettke (Economics, George Mason University) on “Is It Time to Retire the Label “Austrian Economics?” Klein vs. Boettke”

February 27, 2006— Henri LePage (EU Commission France) on “The European Union”

March 6, 2006— Sanford Ikeda (Economics, SUNY Purchase) on “Is It Rational to Trust”

March 20, 2006— Thomas C. Leonard (Economics, Princeton) on “Retrospectives: Eugenics and Economics in the Progressive Era”

April 10, 2006— Perry Mehrling (Economics, Columbia University) on “Development of Macroeconomics and the Revolution in Finance”

April 17, 2006— William Trumbell (Economics, West Virginia University) on “Comparing Appes”

April 24, 2006— Art Diamond (economics, University of Nebraska) on “The Relative Succes of Private Funders and Government Funders in Funding Important Science”

May 1, 2006— Meir Kohn (Economics, Dartmouth University) on “The Impact of Government on Economic Development and Growth in Pre-Industrial Europe”


Fall 2005

August 29, 2005— Tyler Cowen (Economics, George Mason University) on “How to Outside World Shapes Politics”

September 12, 2005— Robert Axtell (Economics, Brookings Institution) on “Economies as Complex Adaptive Systems: Interacting Agent Models, From Markets to Macro”

September 19, 2005— Peter Leeson (Economics, West Virginia University) on “Scientism Standing in the Way of Science”

October 3, 2005— Steve Ziliak (Economics, Roosevelt University) on “Size Matters: How Some Sciences Lost Interest in Magnitude, and What to Do About It”

October 17, 2005— Paul Lewis (Economics, Cambridge University) on “Ludwig Lachmann from a Critical Realist Perspective”

October 24, 2005— Antonnio Callari (Economics, Franklin and Marshall College) on “The Economy of a Scandal and the Scandal of Economics”

October 31, 2005— Richard Swedberg (Sociology, Cornell University) on “The Toolkit of Economic Sociology”

November 7, 2005— Daniel Hausman (Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Madison) on “Social Scientific Naturalism”

November 14, 2005— Steve Gudeman (Anthropology, University of Minnesota) on “Economy’s Tensions”

November 28, 2005— Sahar Akhtar (Philosophy, Duke University)

December 5, 2005— Dan Klein (Economics, George Mason University)


Spring 2005

January 25, 2005— William Lewis (McKinsey and Company) on “Why Bad Economic Polities Around the World?”

February 3, 2005— Mario Rizzo (New York University) on “The Camel’s nose is in the Tent”

February 10, 2005— Laurence Kotlikoff (Boston University) on “The Coming Generational Storm”

February 14, 2005— William Easterly (New York University) on “The Lamentable Comeback of Central Planning in Development Economics”

February 21, 2005— Timur Kuran (University of Southern California) on “Why the Islamic Middle East Did Not Generate an Indigenous Corporate Law”

February 28, 2005— Andrei Shleifer (Harvard University) on “The Evolution of Precedent”

March 7, 2005— Stephan Voigt (Kassel University, Germany) on “The Economic Effects of Judicial Accountability”

March 22, 2005— Pascal Salin (University of Paris, France) on “Globalization and Trade”

March 28, 2005— Stephen E. Margolis (North Carolina State University) on “Path Dependence and Public Policy: Lessons from Economics”

April 11, 2005— James M. Buchanan (George Mason University) on “Anti-Globalization, Democracy, and the Logic of Trade”

April 18, 2005— Price Fishback (University of Arizona) on “Births, Deaths, and New Deal Relief during the Great Depression”

April 25, 2005— Richard Wagner (George Mason University) on “Economic Retrogression Within a Theory of Emergent Order”

May 5, 2005— Israel Kirzner on “A Revisionist Interpretation of Competition Theory”

May 9, 2005— Bryce Wilkinson (Capital Economics, New Zealand) on “New Zealand’s Economic Freedom, Growth & Fiscal Rules”


Fall 2004

August 30, 2004— Francis Fukuyama (International Studies, Johns Hopkins University) on “State-Building: What We Don’t Know about Transferring Institutions to Developing Countries”

September 13, 2004— Metin Cosgel (Economics, University Connecticut) on “Religious Identity and Consumption”

September 20, 2004— Tony Carilli and Gregory Dempster (Economics, Hampden Sydney College) on “Is Austrian Business Cycle Theory still Relevant?”

September 27, 2004— Chandran Kukuthas (Political Science, University of Utah) on “Anarcho-Multiculturalism: A Pure Theory of Liberalism”

October 4, 2004— David Harper (Economics, New York University) on “Trade, Language, and Communication”

November 1, 2004— Jena Bednar (Political Science, University of Michigan) on “The Robust Federation”

November 8, 2004— Jeffrey Friedman (Political Science, Barnard College) on “Death to Homo Economicus: An Even More Minimal Model of Economics, in the Austrian Spirit”

November 15, 2004— Roland Fryer (Economics, Harvard University)

November 29, 2004— Darrene Hackler (Political Science, George Mason University)

December 6, 2004— Amar Bhide (Economics, Columbia University) on “Entrepreneurship in India”


Spring 2004

January 26, 2004— Phil Mirowski (Economics, University of Notre Dame) on “Philosophizing with a Hammer”

February 2, 2004— Bruce Caldwell (Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro) on “Hayek’s Challenge”

February 9, 2004— Adam Chacksfield (Political Science, Western Illinois University) on “Ethical Frames for Drug Policy and the salience of Competing Bodies of Knowledge”

February 16, 2004— Walter Block (Economics, Loyola University of New Orleans) on “Reply to Caplan on Austrian Economic Methodology”

February 25, 2004— Claire Hill (Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law) on “Beyond Mistakes: The Next Wave of Behavioral Law and Economics”

March 1, 2004— Gerard Alexander (Politics, University of Virginia) on “Self Governance”

March 15, 2004— Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard (Political Science, University of Southern Denmark) on “Buridan’s Ass and the Costs of Democratic Deliberation”

March 24, 2004— Josef Sima (Economic Policy, and Prague School of Economics) on “The Logic of Social Action: Austrian Law and Economics”

March 29, 2004— Gus Dizerega (Politics, Whitman College) on “Toward a Hayekian Theory of Commodification and Systemic Contradiction”

April 19, 2004— Joseph Salerno (Economics, Pace University) on “Eugen von Boehm-Bawerk’s ‘Vision’ of the Capitalist Economy”

April 26, 2004— Kenneth Mischel (Economics and Finance, CUNY-Baruch) on “How to Make a Carnival”

May 3, 2004— Andrew Yates (Economics, University of Richmond) on “Citizen Participation in Pollution Permit Markets”


Fall 2003

August 25, 2003— Tyler Cowen (Economics, George Mason University) on “When Are we Being Too Utopian?”

September 8, 2003— Michael Huemer (Philosophy, University of Colorado) on “Why Should We Believe Moral Claims?”

September 22, 2003— Jesse Shapiro (Economics, Harvard University) on “Education, Media, and Anti-American Attitudes in the Muslim World”

September 29, 2003— Randall Holcombe (Economics, Florida State University) on “Liberty and Government”

October 6, 2003— Roman Frydman (Economics, New York University) on “Imperfect Knowledge and Asset Price Dynamics”

October 14, 2003— Jacob Levy (Politics, University of Chicago) on “Ancient and Modern Constitutionalism Revisited”

October 20, 2003— Bryan Caplan (Economics, George Mason University) on “Mises, Bastiat, Public Opinion and Public Choice: What’s Wrong with Democracy?”

October 27, 2003— Anne Applebaum (Journalist/Historian, Washington Post) on “The Gulag: What We Know and Why It Matters”

November 3, 2003— Christopher Morris (Philosophy, University of Maryland) on “Are States Essentially Coercive”

November 14, 2003— David Primo (Politics, University of Rochester) on “Open vs. Closed Rules in Budget Legislation: A Result and an Application”

November 17, 2003— Glen Whitman (Economics, California State University, Northridge) on “Meta-Preferences and Multiple Selves”

November 25, 2003— Paul Gregory (Economics, University of Houston) on “The Political Economy of Stalinism”

December 1, 2003— Peter Grajzl and Peter Murrell (Economics/IRIS, University of Maryland) on “Professions, Politicians, and Institutional Reforms”


Spring 2003

January 27, 2003— Richard Ebeling (Economics, Hillsdale College) on “Ludwig von Mises as Applied Economist in Austria Between the Two Wars”

February 7, 2003— Timothy Frye (Political Science, Ohio State University) on “Constraining the Grabbing Hand: Credible Commitments and Property Rights in Russia”

February 10, 2003— Charles Breeden (Economics, Marquette University) on “The Pluralist Liberalism of James Buchanan and John Gray”

February 28, 2003— Andrei Shleifer (Economics, Harvard University) on “The New Comparative Economics”

March 10, 2003— Joseph Salerno (Economics, Pace University) on “The Rebirth of Austrian Economics- In Light of Austrian Economics”

March 24, 2003— James Otteson (Philosophy, University of Alabama) on “Adam Smith’s Marketplace of Life”

March 28, 2003— Lotta Stern (Sociology, SOFI, University of Stockholm) on “The Voluntary Provision of Snowmobile Trails on Private Land in Sweden”

April 14, 2003— Kiroyuki Okon (Economics, Kokugakuin University) on “On the Complexity of Economic Systems: An Austrian Perspective”

April 25, 2003— Jeffrey Hummel (Economic History, San Jose State University) on “Why North Should Have Seceded from the South? An Estimate of Slavery’s Enforcement Costs”

April 28, 2003— Steve Medema (Economics, University of Colorado at Denver) on “The Legal-Economic Tangle: Legal Realism, Institutionalism and Chicago Law and Economics”

May 5, 2003— Brad Birzer (History, Hillsdale College) on “Tolkein and Western Civilization”


Fall 2002

August 30, 2002— Todd Zywicki (Law School, George Mason University) on “The Reciprocity Instinct: An Evolutionary Analysis of Promise-Keeping, Norms, and Bankruptcy Law”

September 6, 2002— Clifford Zinnes (IRIS, University of Maryland) on “Harnessing the Power of Incentives”

September 13, 2002— Frederic Sautet (Economic Policy, New Zealand Treasury) on “Economics Transformation, the Pretense of Knowledge, and the Process of Entrepreneurial Competition”

September 27, 2002— Kyle Swan (Philosophy, College of Charleston) on “Three Concepts of Political Liberty”

October 4, 2002— Gene Callahan & Roger Garrison (Economics, Ludwig won Mises Institute and Auburn University) on “Is the Dot-Com Boom and Bust Evidence for Austrian Business Cycle Theory?”

October 11, 2002— Richard Swedberg (Sociology, Cornell University) on “The Case for an Economic Sociology of Law”

October 22, 2002— David Schmidtz (Philosophy, University of Arizona) on “Elements of Justice- Rawls and Nozick”

October 25, 2002— Simon Johnson (Sloan School of Business, MIT) on “The Rise of Europe: Atlantic Trade, Institutional Change, and Economic Growth”

November 5, 2002— Tyler Cowen (Economics, George Mason University) on “Why is Government so Big?”

November 22, 2002— Malcolm Rutherford (Economics, University of Victoria) on “Who is Afraid of Arthur Burns?: NBER and the Foundations”

December 6, 2002— Bruce Caldwell (Economics, University of North Carolina, Greensboro) on “Popper and Hayek: Who Influenced Whom?”

December 12, 2002— Sylvia Nasar (Graduate school of Journalism, Columbia University) on “Grand Pursuit: 20th Century Economic Thinkers”


Fall 2001

August 31, 2001— Tyler Cowen (Economics, George Mason University) on “Entrepreneurship, Austrian Economics, and the Quarrel between Philosophy and Poetry”

September 7, 2001— Barry Smith (Philosophy, SUNY Buffalo) on “Capitalism and the Meaning of Life”

September 21, 2001— George Selgin (Economics, University of Georgia) on “No Problem: The Private Sector’s Solution to Britain’s Small Change Shortage, 1787-1797”

September 28, 2001— Russell Hardin (Politics, New York University) on “Liberal Distrust”

October 5, 2001— Deirdre McCloskey (Economics, History and English, University of Illinois, Chicago Circle) on “Bourgeois Virtue”

October 19, 2001— Sam Bostaph (Economics, University of Dallas) on “The Emptiness of Wieser’s ‘Natural Value’”

October 26, 2001— Stuart Warner (Philosophy, Roosevelt University) on “Grounded in Nature: An Essay on Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments”

November 2, 2001— Samuel Hollander (Economics, Ben Gurion, University of the Negev) on “Economics Organization, Distribution and the Equality Issue: The Marx-Engles Perspective”

November 8, 2001— Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard (Politics, Columbia University) on “Economic Consequences of Constitutions”

November 13, 2001— Simone A. Wegge (Economics, City University of New York) on “Do Migrant Origins Matter? Migrants vs. Stayers in Mid-19th Century Germany”

November 31, 2001— Roderick Long (Philosophy, Auburn University) on “Wittgenstein, Austrian Economics and the Logic of Action: Praxeological Investigations”

December 7, 2001— Mario Rizzo (Economics, New York University) on “The Slippery Slope and the Movement Away from Liberty”


Spring 2001

January 19, 2001— Steve Horwitz (Economics, St. Lawrence University) on “The Function of the Family in the Great Society”

February 2, 2001— Roger Koppl (Economics, Fairleigh Dickinson University) on “Alll That I ahve to Say Has Already Crossed Your Mind”

February 9, 2001— Stephen Littlechild (Economics, University of Birmingham and Cambridge University) on “Why We Need Electricity Retailers”

February 16, 2001— Todd Zywicki (Law, George Mason University) on “The Political Economy of Tort Law and Tort Reform”

February 22, 2001— Jerry Muller (History, Catholic University) on “The Untimely Liberalism of F.A. Hayek”

March 2, 2001— Paul Zak (Economics, Claremont Graduate School) on “The Path to Prosperity”

March 16, 2001— Andrew Sellgren (Economics, George Mason University) on “Bureaucracy and Secrecy: An American Tragedy”

March 23, 2001— Guido Huelsman (Economics, Ludwig von Mises Institute) on “Counterfactual Laws of Human Action”

April 6, 2001— Dan Klein (Economics, Santa Clara University) on “The Demand and Supply of Assurance”

April 20, 2001— Kevin Quinn (Economics, Bowling Green State University) on “The Loss of the World: The Other Adam Smith Problem”

April 27, 2001— Ronald Hamowy (History, University of Alberta) on “The Genesis and Early History of the Veterans Administration”


Fall 2000

September 1, 2000— Stefan Voigt (Economics, Institute of Law and Economics University of Hamburg) on “Choosing Not to Choose: On the delegation of Powers— With Special Reference to East and Central Europe”

September 15, 2000— Paul Mahoney (Law, University of Virginia) on “The Common Law and Economic Growth: Hayek Might be Right”

September 28, 2000— Nimei Mehta (CIDS, University of Philippines) on “Ethnic Division and Growth Mandates in South East Asia: Irreconcilable Conflicts?”

October 6, 2000— Bryan Caplan (Economics, George Mason University) on “The Idea Trap: The Political Economy of Growth Divergence”

October 13, 2000— Richard Ebeling (Economics, Hillsdale College) on “Planning for Freedom: Ludwig von Mises as Political Economist and Policy Analyst”

October 20, 2000— Loren Lomasky (Philosophy, Bowling Green State University) on “Nozick’s Libertarian Utopia”

October 27, 2000— Werner Troesken (History, University of Pittsburgh) on “Strategic Behavior and Market structure in Whiskey Distilling, 1887-1895”

November 3, 2000— Daniel Arce (Economics, Rhodes College) on “Leadership and the Aggregation of International Collective Action”

November 9, 2000— David Prychitko (Economics, Northern Michigan University) on “Communicative Action and the Radical Constitution: The Habermasian Challenge”

November 17, 2000— James Keeler (Economics, Kenyon College) on “Empirical Evidence of the Austrian Business Cycle Theory”

December 1, 2000— David Harper (Economics, New York University) on “The Entrepreneurial Content of a Nation’s Culture”

December 8, 2000— Michael Chwe (Politics, New York University) on “Rational Ritual”


Spring 2000

January 28, 2000— William Butos (Economics, Trinity College) on “Mind, Market and Institutions: The Knowledge Problem in Hayek’s Thought”

February 4, 2000— David Rose (Economics, University of Missouri, St. Louis) on “Value Systems, Contracts, and Transaction Costs”

February 11, 2000— Peter Lewin (School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas) on “The Market Process and the Economics of QWERTY”

February 18, 2000— Malcolm Rutherford (Economics, University of Victoria) on “Institutionalism Between the Wars”

February 25, 2000— Charles McCann (Economics, University of Pittsburgh) on “F.A. Hayek: The Liberal as Communitarian”

March 3, 2000— Maria Pia Paganelli (Economics, George Mason University) on “Competition as a Cognitive Process and the Sources of the Law”

March 10, 2000— Jon Elster (Political Science, Columbia University) on “Rational Choice History: A Case of Excessive Ambition”

March 24, 2000— Neil Skaggs (Economics, Illinois State University) on “Lost and Found (And Finally Used): The Theory of Money in Economic Development”

March 31, 2000— Catherine Labio (Comparative Literature, Yale University) on “Between Literature and Economics: Gap or Dialogue?”

April 7, 2000— John Mueller (Political Science, University of Rochester) on “The Role of Business Virtue in Economics Development”

April 14, 2000— Juliet Williams (Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara) on “Many Roads to Serfdom: Liberalism Against Democracy in the writings of F.A. Hayek”

April 21, 2000— George Selgin (Economics, University of Georgia) on “Network Effects, Adaptive Learning, and the Transition to Fiat Money”

April 28, 2000— John Hasnas (Law, George Mason University) on “Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and the Anti-Discrimination Principle”

May 5, 2000— Mario Rizzo (Economics, New York University) on “The Tendency to Discover: What Can It Mean?”


Fall 1999

September 10, 1999— E. Roy Weintraub (Economics, Duke University) on “Burn the Mathematics (Tripos): Economist and Mathematicians Circa 1900”

September 24, 1999— Esther-Mirjam sent (Economics, University of Notre Dame) on “The Great Expectations of John Muth”

October 1, 1999— D. Bruce Johnson (Law, George Mason University) on “Property Rights, salmon Husbandry, and Institutional Change Among Northwest Coast Tribes”

October 8, 1999— Bruce Caldwell (Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro) on “The Emergence of Hayek;s Ideas on Cultural Evolution”

October 22, 1999— David Harper (Economics, New York University) on “Property Rights, Entrepreneurship and Coordination”

October 29, 1999— Michael Wohlgemuth (Institutional Economics Unit, Max Planck Institute) on “Democracy as a Discovery Procedure”

November 5, 1999— Anthony Carilli and Greg Dempster (Economics, Hampden Sydney College) on “A Multiplier Based Theory of the Austrian Trade Cycle”

November 12, 1999— Lawrence H. White (Economics, University of Georgia) on “Credible Currency”

November 19, 1999— Andrei Shleifer (Economics, Harvard University) on “Coase vs. the Coaseans”

December 3, 1999— Willem Thorbecke (Economics, George Mason University) on “Parchment, Guns, and Liberty: Constitutional Insights in Churchill’s History of the English Speaking Peoples”

December 10, 1999— David Levy (Economics, George Mason University) on “Hard Times and the Moral equivalence of Markets and Slavery”


Spring 1999

January 29, 1999— Robert Nelson (Public Policy, University of Maryland) on “Economics as Religion: The Theology of Samuelson’s Economics, the Chicago School, and Other Religious Elements in Modern Economics”

February 12, 1999— Robert Axtell (Center for Economic and Social Dynamics, Brookings Institution) on “The emergence of Firms in a Population of Agents”

February 25, 1999— Israel Kirzner (Economics, New York University) on “Hedgehog or Fox: Hayek and the Idea of Plan-coordination”

March 5, 1999— Ross Emmett (Economics, Augustana University College) on “Frank Knight, Max Weber, Chicago Economics and Institutionalism”

March 12, 1999— Steven Horwitz (Economics, St. Lawrence University) on “‘Of Human Action but not Human Design’: Liberalism in the Tradition of the Scottish Enlightenment”

March 26, 1999— Charles Rowley (Economics, George Mason University) on “Political Culture and economic Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa”

April 2, 1999— J. Barkley Rosser (Economics, James Madison University) on “On the Complexities of Complex Economic Dynamics”

April 9, 1999— Duncan Foley (Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research) on “Hyman Minsky and the Methodological Dilemmas of Modern Economics”

April 16, 1999— Steven Kan (Visiting Scholar, Stanford University) on “Separation of War Powers: A Corporate Governance Perspective”

April 23, 1999- Steve Knack (Public Policy, American University) on “Women and Corruption”

April 30, 1999— Peter Klein (Economics, University of Georgia) on “Is Entrepreneurial Error Predictable? Evidence from Corporate Divestitures”

May 7, 1999— Jeffrey Friedman (Social Sciences, Harvard University) on “Is Freedom Intrinsically Valuable”