Regulating Food and Vice

The Spring 2019 Mancur Olson Reading Group is titled Regulating Food and Vice.

Led by Dr. Raymond March, PCPE fellow, scholars will critically examine how we regulate the risky and risque. Students will discuss how food and vices are regulated, examine the effectiveness of these regulations at achieving their goals, and explore the possibility of life without them. At the end of the program, each participant will receive a $500 scholarship. 

Reading texts:

  • The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto About the Politics of Your Plate by Jayson Lusk (2013)
  • Regulating Vice: Misguided Prohibitions and Realistic Controls by Jim Leitzel (2008)
Schedule

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Humanomics (upper division)

We are offering a new upper division reading group for spring 2019 titled Humanomics: Putting Humanity back into Economics.

This reading group will be led by Dr. Jeremy Jackson, PCPE director. In addition to three reading group meetings, participants will join students from more than four campuses for an all-expenses-paid weekend Colloquium hosted by Creighton University in Omaha, NE, on April 12-14. This reading group is designed for students with experience in the Mancur Olson Scholars program and economics.

Reading texts:

  • Humanomics: Moral Sentiments and the Wealth of Nations for the Twenty-First Century by Bart Wilson and Vernon Smith (2018)

Synopsis:

While neo-classical analysis works well for studying impersonal exchange in markets, it fails to explain why people conduct themselves the way they do in their personal relationships with family, neighbors, and friends. In Humanomics, Nobel Prize-winning economist Vernon L. Smith and his long-time co-author Bart J. Wilson bring their study of economics full circle by returning to the founder of modern economics, Adam Smith. Sometime in the last 250 years, economists lost sight of the full range of human feeling, thinking, and knowing in everyday life. Smith and Wilson show how Adam Smith's model of sociality can re-humanize twenty-first century economics by undergirding it with sentiments, fellow feeling, and a sense of propriety - the stuff of which human relationships are built. Integrating insights from The Theory of Moral Sentiments and the Wealth of Nations into contemporary empirical analysis, this book shapes economic betterment as a science of human beings.

Humanomics Schedule

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