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Professor McCloskey Giving a Public Lecture: "How Nations Succeed: ​The Liberal Plan of Equality, Liberty, and Justice"



Date: 26th Oct Wednesday

Time: 15:30-17:00

Venue: New Auditorium


Building on her widely admired trilogy of books, The Bourgeois Era, Professor McCloskey explains why exploitation, accumulation, institutions, or resources cannot explain the Great Enrichment after 1800, so evident in China since 1978.  She shows why it is ideas, and the liberty to exploit the ideas, that made some nations rich, and can quickly make the whole world rich.  She has, in other words, discovered and tested a new---and old---theory of the wealth of nations.

Bio:  Deirdre Nansen McCloskey is a world famous economist and historian.  Trained at Harvard and tenured at the University of Chicago, she has taught in a 45-year career economics, history, English, communications, and philosophy in the United States, Britain, Holland, Sweden, South Africa, and Australia.  She has written 17 books and edited 8 more, and some 400 scholarly articles on world economic history, statistical theory and practice, the philosophy and rhetoric of science, gender studies, and economic policy.

Posted on 19 October 2016