Student Seminar: Economics and Society

October 19-22, 2023
Pittsburgh, PA

What Can The "Dismal Science" Teach Us About What We Owe Each Other?

For as long as humans have been around, there has existed a tension between our dual natures. Humans are individuals, and as individuals they have (at least according to natural law theory) individual rights which include, among other things, the right to own themselves, their labor, and the product of their labor. But, humans are also members of a shared society, and as members they have obligations to each other. Humans typically employ markets as the primary tool for operating as individuals and government as the primary tool for operating as members of a shared society. These sessions focus on problems that arise when government is “too large” and so impinges on humans’ individual freedoms, and when government is “too small” and so fails to hold them accountable for their obligations to one another.

All student attendees will receive a copy of Cooperation and Coercion by Antony Davies and James Harrigan, a reading list, and will receive travel stipends. All who fully participate in the weekend seminar will also receive a $100 dollar honorarium. 

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Meet Your Professor

Antony Davies

Dr. Antony Davies is the Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow at FEE, associate professor of economics at Duquesne University, and co-host of the podcast, Words & Numbers. Dr. Davies authors monthly columns on economics and public policy for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has written a book on understanding statistics, published by the Cato Institute, and has co-authored hundreds of op-eds for, among others, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post

His YouTube videos on economics, government, and policy have garnered millions of views. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Davies was Associate Producer at the Moving Pictures Institute, Chief Financial Officer at Parabon Computation, founded several technology companies, and is co-founder and Chief Academic Officer at FreedomTrust, where he lectures on economics for high school students across the country.

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