About the Event
Free one-day student seminar with presentations from leading policy experts, Q&A, and informal discussions. Lunch is included.
*Valid student ID required for admission to the seminar
Speakers & Instructors
Population Bomb, Greenhouse Gasses and Climate Change: A Dud?
A growing number of environmental activists have linked economic and population growth with climate change. Their solution to this alleged problem is simple: Reduce the volume of emissions by reducing the number of CO2 emitters. Are things truly this simple though? Professors Desrochers will question this narrative by discussing a few inconvenient truths.close
The Inequality Trap: Fighting Capitalism Instead of Poverty
Dr. Watson will look at common misconceptions about inequality and about the policies proposed for reducing it. He will emphasize that we need policies that attack privilege, especially legislated privilege, and make markets as free and competitive as possible.close
Did We Need to Nationalize Electricity in Quebec?
In the 1960s, Quebec completed the program of nationalizing its electricity system. One frequently reiterated claim is that prior to nationalization, firms were charging high prices and were gouging consumers. This, it is argued, was the motivation for nationalization. Closer evaluation shows that this argument is incorrect, which leads us to see the failures of nationalization since the 1960s in a different light.close
Why Adam Smith Matters
Adam Smith is considered the founder of the discipline of economics, and some consider him the founder of capitalism as well. But why should we care about what someone wrote over two centuries ago? Does Smith have anything valuable for us today, especially when there are so many reasons to be suspicious of capitalism? We will take a critical look at a few of Smith's central claims and see if there is any reason to think that Adam Smith matters today.close