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Past Events

Slavery and Capitalism


The Place of Work in a Meaningful Life

Emily Esfahani Smith '09, in conversation with Russell Muirhead (Government)

Friday May 25, 2018, 3:30 PM, Rocky 2

Emily Esfahani Smith

China's Great Wall of Debt

Dinny McMahon

Wednesday May 23, 2018, 3:30 PM, Silsby 028

India's Economic Reforms: Past Accomplishments, Current Shortcomings, Future Prospects

Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Former Chair, Planning Commission

 Thursday May 17, 4:30 PM, Haldeman 041

Solving the Problem of Pricing Cancer Drugs in Europe: Creating a New Kind of Market

Nathan Sigworth '07

A new generation of oncology therapies have miracle results. But they involve drugs from multiple, often competing, companies. In EU single payer markets, the complexity of the price negotiations and the inability of parties to cooperate have resulted in almost none of these new regimens being made available to patients. I will be sharing about a new marketplace that two Dartmouth grads and some of our friends from finance and pharma are building to catalyze rational cooperation and break this impasse. 

Tuesday May 15, 2018, 5:00 PM, Rockefeller 1

Europe's Growth Champion: Insights from the Economic Rise of Poland

Marcin Piatkowski

Senior Economist in the World Bank, Assistant Professor of Economics at Kozminski University in Warsaw

Thursday May 10, 2018, 4:30 PM, Kemeny 8

Hunting the Big Five: Twenty-First Century Antitrust in Historical Perspective

Richard Langlois, University of Connecticut

Wednesday April 25, 2018, 5:30 PM, Rockefeller 3

Who Won the War on Poverty? A Fifty-Year Reflection on the Great Society

Robert Doar, American Enterprise Institute

Monday April 23, 5:00 PM, Carson L01

Robert Doar Carson L01 Monday 5-6 PM

Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society

Glen Weyl

Wednesday April 18, 2018, 4:30 PM, Silsby 028

The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality

Brink Lindsay & Steven Teles

Monday April 16, 2018, 4:30 PM, Rockefeller 2

Why Government Shouldn't Fund Science

Terence Kealey
Cato Institute
Thursday February 22, 2018


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Making U.S. Health Care Cheaper and Better: The Debate

Chris Pope
Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Meredith B. Rosenthal
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Health Economics and Policy, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Moderated by Ellen Meara, Professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.

Tuesday February 20, 2018, 6 PM, Carson L01

Cosponsored by the American Enterprise Institute and the Manhattan Institute


Blockchain, Regulation, and Rents

The talk will focus on how blockchain can be used to reduce and/or eliminate rents from regulation, specifically financial regulation.

John Welborn
Tuesday February 6, 5 PM, Rocky 3


De Rugy & Wilkinson at Dartmouth

Is the Welfare State Good or Bad for Freedom?

Veronique de Rugy
Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Nationally syndicated columnist

Will Wilkinson
Vice President for Policy, Niskanen Center
Columnist, Vox

Moderated by Jason Sorens, Program Director of the Political Economy Project & Lecturer of Government

Wednesday February 7, 2018, 7 PM, Moore Hall B03
Cosponsored by Ethics and Economics Education of New England (E3NE)


Jason Brennan (McDonough School of Business, Georgetown)

"Democracy: Are We Still for It?"

October 24, 2017

poster (PDF)


George Selgin (Cato Institute)

"Has the Fed Been a Failure?"

October 12, 2017.


Stephen Kotkin (Princeton University)

"War, Revolution, Socialism, War: Interpreting the Russian Revolution of 1917"

September 18, 2017.

Cosponsored by the Dickey Center


Geoffrey R. Stone (University of Chicago)

"Free Speech on Campus: The Challenge of Our Times"

September 14, 2017.

Cosponsored by the Ethics Institute


David Henderson (Naval Postgraduate School)

"How Economists Helped End the Draft"

August 9, 2017. Cosponsored by the Free to Choose Network.


Workshop on Economic Justice

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Chiara Cordelli (Chicago), "The Intrinsic Wrong of Privatization"
Comments: Luke Swaine (Dartmouth)

Gina Schouten (Harvard), "Higher Education, Distributive Justice, and Positional Goods: Should We Be the Professors Our Republican Dads Warned Us Against?"
Comments: Chuck Beitz (Princeton University)

Sam Arnold (Texas Christian), "The Structure of Proletarian Unfreedom, Revisited: Voluntary Simplicity and Liberation from Employment"
Comments: Pablo Gilabert (Concordia University)

Sabine Tsuruda (UCLA), "Moral Agency and the Workplace"
Comments: Jeppe von Platz (University of Richmond)

Samuel Freeman (Penn), "Individual Freedom and Laissez-Faire Rights and Liberties"
Comments: Lucas Stanczyk (Harvard University)

Liam Shields (Manchester), "What the Public Goods Argument Can and Cannot Tell Us About Justice in Upbringing"
Comments: Louis-Philippe Hodgson (York University)

Julie Rose (Dartmouth), "The Value of Economic Growth"
Comments: David Plunkett (Dartmouth)

Alex Gourevitch (Brown), "Illusions in the Politics of Basic Income"
Comments: Trevor Latimer (Dartmouth)

August 3-4, 2017. Sponsored by the Ethics Institute, the Government and Philosophy Departments, and the Political Economy Project.


George Nash

"Conservatism after Trump"

May 23, 2017


Peter Robinson ‘79 (Hoover Institution) 

"`Tear Down This Wall’ and the End of the Cold War: Personal Reflections"

May 17, 2017


“Should the U.S. Legalize Drugs?” A PEP Debate with Kevin Sabet (Florida) & Jeffrey Miron (Harvard)

poster (PDF)

May 10, 2017. Sponsored by the PEP Leadership Council. Link goes to video.


Tom Hazlett (Clemson)

"The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smart Phone"

May 9, 2017


Joseph Henrich (Harvard)

"The Secret of our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating our Species, and Making us Smarter"

February 28, 2017. Co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology


Chris Miller (Yale)

"Gorbachev's Asian Pivot and the End of the Cold War"

February 15, 2017. Co-sponsored with the International History Group


Future Challenges for the Fed

Andrew Levin, Professor of Economics
Joseph Bernstein '17 and Kevin Zhang '17, Dartmouth Fed Challenge team members
Moderator: Marjorie Rose, Senior Lecturer of Economics

poster (PDF)

February 7, 2017


James Bartholomew

"The Failure of the Welfare State: Can Other Countries Show Us How to Fix It?"

January 24, 2017


Mark Graber (University of Maryland School of Law)

"How the Constitution Works (And Does not Work)"

January 19, 2017


"What Killed Middle East Liberalism?"

Timur Kuran (Duke University)

Dirk Vandewalle (Dartmouth College)

January 11, 2017. Sponsored by the PEP Leadership Council

poster (PDF)



Daniel Kapust (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

"Of Demagogues, Populists, and Redistribution: On the Relevance of Roman Republicanism to Democracy"

October 27, 2016


"Was Slavery Essential to American Capitalism?"

Sven Beckert (historian at Harvard University)

Alan Olmstead (economist at University of California at Davis)

Caitlin Rosenthal (historian at University of California at Berkeley)

Trevon Logan (economist at Ohio State University)

October 20, 2016


"Three Narratives of Capitalism"

Jonathan Haidt (New York University)

October 13, 2016


Josiah Ober (Stanford University)

Public lecture: "The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece"

Research workshop: "Demopolis: Democracy Before Liberalism" [download sample]

poster (PDF)

October 10, 2016


Peter Lindsay (Georgia State University)

"Re-envisioning Property"

October 4, 2016


"The Ethics of Travel in Developing Countries"

Sponsored by the PEP Leadership Council

Jeremy Horowitz (Government)

Douglas J. Moody (Spanish & Portuguese, LALACS)

Paul Novosad (Economics)

September 29, 2016


John Welborn '02, Ph.D., "Blockchain 101"

August 15, 2016


Terence Kealey (Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute)

"Governments Should Not Fund Science"

August 4, 2016


Moral, Social & Political Philosophy Workshop

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Anna Stilz (Princeton), "Unilateral Appropriation and Territory"
Comments by Nicolas Cornell (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

Benjamin McKean (Ohio State), "Is an Injury to One Ever an Injury to All?"
Comments by Eliot Michaelson (King's College London)

Terence Cuneo (University of Vermont), "Trusting Moral Intuitions"
Comments by David Plunkett (Dartmouth)

Jonny Thakkar (Princeton), "Neo-Socialism: A Sketch"
Comments by Matthew McCoy (Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania)

Eric Beerbohm (Harvard), "Rats in the Victory Lab: Citizens as Experimental Subjects"
Comments by Julie Rose (Dartmouth)

Dana Howard (National Institutes of Health), "Transformative Choices and the Specter of Regret"
Comments by Emma Saunders-Hastings (Chicago)

July 27-28, 2016. Sponsored by the Ethics Institute, the Government and Philosophy Departments, the Humanities and Social Science Deans' Offices, the Political Economy Project, and the Provost's Office.


Luke Mayville (Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for American Studies, Columbia University)

"Sympathy for the Rich"

May 27, 2016


Rob Reich (Stanford University)

“Repugnant to the Very Idea of Democracy? On the Role of Foundations”

poster (PDF)

May 26, 2016


Andrew Verstein (Wake Forest University School of Law)

“National Security’s Entanglement with Corporate Law”

poster (PDF)

May 24, 2016


Kristi Olson (Bowdoin College)

“The Anatomy of Envy-Freeness”

poster (PDF)

May 12, 2016


Paul Schwennesen

"Jefferson the Entrepreneur: Agrarian Republicanism in an Age of Big Government and Big Business"

May 9, 2016


Debate on the Moral Limits of Markets

Debra Satz, Stanford University

Jason Brennan, Georgetown University

May 4, 2016


Jennifer Rubenstein (University of Virginia)

April 28, 2016


Why Is College So Expensive?

  • Harvey Silverglate, cofounder, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
  • Richard Vedder, distinguished professor of economics emeritus, Ohio University
  • Richard G. Mills, executive vice president, Dartmouth College

April 21, 2016


Peter J. Wallison (American Enterprise Institute)

"Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World's Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again"

April 12, 2016


Ilya Somin (George Mason University School of Law)

"Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter"

February 18, 2016


Dinner, movie ("Poverty, Inc."), and discussion with Senegalese economist Magatte Wade

January 24, 2016

Talks by Magatte Wade ("Beyond Tom's Shoes: How to Help the Global Poor Through Business") and Michael Strong ("Entrepreneurial Solutions to World Problems").

January 25, 2016


Eric Beerbohm (Harvard University)

“Small Government Egalitarianism"

poster (PDF)

January 21, 2016


October 20, 2015

A discussion with Jonathan Katz, author of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster


October 22, 2015

"Fight for 15: Is a Higher Minimum Wage a Good Idea?"


Arin Dube (UMass-Amherst)
Don Boudreaux (George Mason)
Lara Shore-Sheppard (Williams)


Richard Adelstein (Wesleyan University)

"Louis Brandeis: The Last Autonomist"

August 13, 2015


Robert Litan
Author of Trillion Dollar Economists

"Economists Are Useful, Really!!"

April 29, 2015

Joseph Heath (University of Toronto)

"On the scalability of cooperative structures"

poster (PDF)

May 21, 2015

Karen Ho (University of Minnesota)

"Recalculating Wall Street Rationalities: A Rethinking of Financial Risk and `Risk Culture'"

April 13, 2015

The Portman Lecture in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Are CEOs Overpaid?

Lucian Bebchuk
William J. Friedman and Alicia Townsend Professor of Law, Economics, and Finance
Director of the Program on Corporate Governance
Harvard Law School

Steven N. Kaplan
Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Douglas Irwin
John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in the Social Sciences
Department of Economics
Dartmouth College

April 14, 2015

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences Co-sponsored with the Political Economy Project


teacher preparation panel


Jerry Gaus (University of Arizona)

"Natural Liberty and Moral Learning in an Open Society” 

poster (PDF)

April 15, 2015

Patrick Byrne '85

"The Mafia and Me: Transnational Organized Crime, Deep Capture, and the Cryptorevolution"

March 9, 2015

Hallie Liberto (University of Connecticut)

"Intentions and Sexual Consent"

March 4, 2015


David Silver (University of British Columbia)

“Corporations, Religion and Freedom: Business Ethics after Hobby Lobby

November 14, 2014


Sam Arnold (TCU)

"Putting Liberty in Its Place: High Liberalism Without the Liberalism”

October 27, 2014


Government Failure

September 25, 2014


  • Steven Teles, Johns Hopkins University
  • Peter Schuck, Yale Law School

Douglas Irwin, Dartmouth College


David Rose (University of Missouri-St. Louis)

May 21, 2014


Income Inequality: What's the Problem? What's the Solution?

A Debate Between:

  • Greg Mankiw, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to President George W. Bush, and
  • Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, former chief economist for Vice President Joe Biden.

May 12, 2014

Moderator: Charles Wheelan, Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow, Rockefeller Center

Watch the video of the debate!


David Dollar (Brookings Institution)

"China's Economic Reform: Implications for the Global Economy"

April 28, 2014


Alex Gourevitch (Brown University)

"Liberalism and the Right to Strike"

April 28, 2014


Nina Munk

April 15, 2014


Erin Kelly (Tufts University)

"Inequality and Desert in Criminal Justice"

March 4, 2014


George Ayittey
Distinguished Economist, American University
President of the Free Africa Foundation

February 27, 2014


Lane Kenworthy (University of Arizona)

"Should We Worry About Inequality?"

January 30, 2014


Aaron James (UC Irvine)

"Fortune and Fairness in Global Economic Life"

November 11, 2013

Last Updated: 8/16/18