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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 2018
March 5-9, 2018

Our 10th Annual Adam Smith Week will be held March 5-9, 2018. This year's theme will be Mainline Economics

We are pleased to announce our 2018 Adam Smith Week speakers!
Full schedule to be announced in January.

Bobbi Herzberg

Bobbi Herzberg
Distinguished Senior Fellow
Mercatus Center

Bruce Caldwell

Bruce Caldwell
Director for the Center of History of Political Economy
Duke University

Bart Wilson

Bart Wilson
Donald P. Kennedy Endowed Chair of Economics & Law
Chapman University

Randy Holcombe

Randy Holcombe 
DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics
Florida State University

Lynne Kiesling

Lynne Kiesling
Associate Director
Purdue University Research Center in Economics

Kevin Grier

Kevin Grier
Professor & Gordon Tullock Professor of Political Economy
Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University

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