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Watch all of our Capitalism and Society lectures.

Spring 2019

The Future of Food

Dr. Jayson Lusk talks with PCPE Fellow Raymond March about agriculture and what to and what not to worry about as our population grows. Dr. Lusk is distinguished professor and head of the Agricultural Economics department at Purdue University. He is the author of two books, The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto about the Politics of Your Plate and Unnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology are Serving Up Super Foods to Save the World. 

Money and the Rule of Law

Dr. Alexander Salter examines the relationship between our current monetary institutions such as the Federal Reserve and the rule of law. Dr. Salter is an assistant professor of economics at Texas Tech University and research fellow with the Free Market Institute and the Sound Money Project. 

March 21, 2019

Fall 2018

Private Enforcement of Contracts: from eBay to Blockchain

Dr. Edward Stringham walks us through past examples of private contracts and discusses the exciting opportunities presented by blockchain technology. Dr. Stringham is president of the American Institute for Economic Research. 

October 26, 2018

Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Health of Nations

Dr. Robert Lawson discusses the Economic Freedom of the World project, which presents an index of economic freedom for over 160 nations. This lecture explains what economic freedom means and how it's measured, and most importantly, examines the socio-economic performance of countries with more economic freedom relative to those with less. Dr. Lawson is the director of the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.

September 17, 2018

Spring 2018

Inclusion for the Poor: Poverty, Charity and Justice 

Michael Matheson Miller, director and producer of the award-winning documentary Poverty, Inc., is a research fellow at the Acton Institute. With some ten years of international experience, he lectures on such themes as political and social philosophy, economic development, ethics and entrepreneurship. In the video "Extras", he answers audience questions following his lecture. Questions were compiled using an interactive mobile app and asked by Dr. Jeremy Jackson. 

April 26, 2018

Poverty, Inc. Q&A ft. Michael Matheson Miller

Michael Matheson Miller, director and producer of the award-winning documentary Poverty, Inc., answers audience questions following a screening of the film in Fargo, North Dakota. Questions were compiled using an interactive mobile app and asked by Dr. Jeremy Jackson. 

April 25, 2018

How Free Enterprise Can Restore American Prosperity

Stephen Moore discusses how free enterprise can restore American prosperity. Moore is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth, at The Heritage Foundation. He formerly wrote on the economy and public policy for The Wall Street Journal and was a member of The Journal's editorial board. During the 2016 presidential election, he served as senior economic adviser to Donald Trump.

February 20, 2018

Fall 2017

How Entrepreneurship Fosters Economic Growth

Dr. Peter Klein examines the neglected role of the entrepreneur - the active, purposeful, innovative agent who organizes and carries out productive economic activity. After briefly reviewing the place of entrepreneurship in economic theory, he explains what entrepreneurs do and the conditions under which they do it well. Dr. Klein is W. W. Caruth Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business and Senior Research Fellow at the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise.

October 16, 2017

Waltonomics: Walmart & Society

Dr. Art Carden discusses the impact Walmart has on the economy and the communities in which it does business. The preponderance of evidence suggests that Walmart makes people--the poor especially--better off. He explains Walmart's costs and benefits and the implications for public policy. Dr. Carden is an associate professor of economics at the Brock School of Business at Samford University.

September 15, 2017

Spring 2017

Entrepreneurship and Post-Disaster Recovery

Dr. Virgil Storr examines the critical roles that commercial, social, and political entrepreneurs perform in order to promote community recovery after disasters. Specifically, he argues that entrepreneurs: 1) provide needed goods and services; 2) help to restore disrupted social networks; and 3) signal that community recovery is likely to occur. Dr. Storr is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. 

April 3, 2017

Scope of Practice and Occupational Licensing

Dr. David Mitchell discusses scope of practice regulation as a form of occupational licensing. He argues that it is intended to protect consumers, but it can have the effect of reducing competition and access to care. Dr. Mitchell is the director of the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics at the University of Central Arkansas. 

March 9, 2017

The Economics of Happiness

Dr. Boris Nikolaev discusses the connections between economics and happiness. He also addresses the paradoxes researchers face in this area of study. Dr. Nikolaev is a researcher at the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University.

February 24, 2017



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