The John Locke Foundation
Cordially invites you to

Shaftesbury Society Luncheon

with our special guest

Peter Boettke

- University Professor of Economics and Philosophy
George Mason University

The Comparative Political Economy of a Crisis


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Monday, March 30, 2015
12:00 p.m.

The John Locke Foundation, 200 W Morgan St., Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601

Price: $10.00 (for lunch)

During times of economic crises, the public policy response is to abandon basic economic thinking and engage in 'emergency economic' thinking. Professor Boettke argues that basic economic reasoning can help highlight the anatomy of the 2008 financial crisis in the United States and thereby challenge the position that the free market is to blame for the economic recession. He also provides theoretical and practical reasons for economists and policy makers to never abandon the principles of basic economic reasoning even in the most extraordinary of circumstances.


Biography:

Peter Boettke is a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, and the Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU.

Through an analytical framework strongly influenced by the paradigm of Austrian economics, as well as other intellectual traditions personified by thinkers in the main line of economic thought, such as Adam Smith, Jean Baptiste Say, James M. Buchanan and Elinor Ostrom, Boettke seeks to develop a robust political economy research program that expands an understanding of how individuals acting through the extended market order can effect generalized freedom and prosperity for society, and how the institutional arrangements within which economic actors find themselves can shape, reinforce, or inhibit the individual choices that lead spontaneously to sustained economic development.

Before joining the faculty at George Mason University in 1998, Boettke taught at New York University. In addition, Boettke was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution for War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University during the 1992-1993 academic years and the F. A. Hayek Fellow in 2004 and 2006 at the London School of Economics.

Shaftesbury Luncheon talks are free and open to the public. An optional lunch is available for purchase at the event, or participants may brown bag a lunch if they choose.


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