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Adam Smith Week

Every spring semester we organize Adam Smith Week. Through a variety of events, Adam Smith Week is a way for the Center to create awareness and explore important topics in political economy, entrepreneurship, and the role of government. The weeklong event has a series of educational opportunities for students, faculty, and the community to engage in the discussion on Adam Smith and his economic philosophy.

Adam Smith is one of the most recognizable figures in economics, and his contributions to the fields of philosophy and economics are still relevant today. Smith explained that the wealth of nations was created through changes in the division of labor, the growth of firms and industries. Entrepreneurship was essential to the division of labor and, hence, to economic growth. 

Adam SmithWho is Adam Smith?
Adam Smith’s 1776 book, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, is one of the most important works in economics. As Smith endeavors to explain, the fundamental idea of the market's "invisible hand" is such that individuals' self-interest often promotes society's interests. Illustrating this concept is the following passage:

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity, but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities, but of their advantages.”


Adam Smith Week 2019
March 4-8, 2019

Our 11th Annual Adam Smith Week will be held March 4-8, 2019. This year's theme will be Economic Way of Thinking

We are pleased to announce our 2019 Adam Smith Week speakers!

Bob Chitester

Bob Chitester
Founder & Executive Chairman
Free to Choose Network

Peter Leeson

Peter Leeson
Duncan Black Professor of Economics & Law
George Mason University

Steve Landsburg

Steve Landsburg 
DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics
University of Rochester

Frank Hefner

Frank Hefner
Professor of Economics
College of Charleston

Pete Calcagno

Peter Calcagno
Professor of Economics
College of Charleston

Russell Sobel

Russell Sobel 
DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics
The Citadel

Doug Walker

Doug Walker
Professor of Economics
College of Charleston

Mark Witte

Mark Witte 
Associate Professor of Economics
College of Charleston

Adam Smith Week Calendar

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