About the Event
Free one-day student seminar with presentations from leading policy experts, Q&A, and informal discussions. Lunch is included.
Speakers & Instructors
The Hockey Stick of Human Prosperity
For most of human history ordinary men and women have lived very near subsistence levels. Famine, filth, and crushing poverty were the norm. But suddenly, starting about two or three centuries ago in western Europe and then spreading across the globe, ordinary men and women began to live better than had the richest kings and queens in prior centuries. In his talk, Prof. Boudreaux explains this remarkable transformation.close
The Myths of Local Food Policy: Lessons from the economic and social history of the food system
From bankrupt vertical farms and backyard chickens ending up at animal shelters to community-supported agriculture participants suffering from “supermarket withdrawal syndrome” and leafy vegetables that only upper-middle-class consumers can afford, the preferred approaches of local food activists have proven to be inferior alternatives to those delivered by our global food supply chain.
Prof. Desrochers will explain how the movement to re-regionalize our food system essentially recreates the problems once solved by the development of modern agricultural production technologies and of long-distance transportation. If they have their way, locavores will ensure that our food supply will become less secure, more expensive, more environmentally damaging, and more hazardous to our health than is presently the case.close
An Introduction to the Economic Way of Thinking
What is economics and what is it not? This presentation introduces the perspective that economic reasoning skills are valuable critical thinking tools and demonstrates how this perspective enhances people’s ability to analyze and understand human behavior—the focus of social science inquiry. Professor Henney will demonstrate how education in economics provides a powerful tool for learning in a variety of disciplines and contexts.close
Ethics for Business? How to be profitable and moral
Ethics and profit-making are commonly viewed as at odds. According to conventional thought, businesses either maximize profits and necessarily compromise on ethics, or necessarily sacrifice profits to be moral. This is a false dichotomy. Obviously, making profits through immoral means—such as deceiving investors or customers—is not sustainable. Likewise, holding onto many conventional moral principles while losing money will cause a business to fail. Woiceshyn explains how businesses and businesspeople can be both profitable and moral, and how, in fact, long-term profitability and career success require morality. She offers rational egoism as an alternative moral code that guides ethical profit maximization. Through various business examples, she shows how to apply principles such as rationality, productiveness, honesty, justice, and pride for long-term success. Dr. Woiceshyn also shows what social conditions are required for businesses to flourish—ensuring prosperity for all.close
Huawei: National Security, Industrial Espionage & the 5G network
As the next generation of wireless communication networks, also known as 5G, are being built, federal policy over its development is caught between two tensions. In one, the development of 5G is being compared to a race. But seeing this change in communication infrastructure as a race misses the more important aspects of what is to come: applications, business models, and use cases that run on top of networks. At the same time, experts are rightly concerned that the fundamental building blocks of this new technology will be developed by China and could be an expansion of corporate espionage. William Rinehart will discuss the policy implications of these parallel conversations.close