The Communication of Economics


The conference explored issues surrounding the communication of liberty with a special focus upon economic issues. What forms of communication are especially effective both for and against free markets and capitalism? How can the distance between the intellectual conclusions and public appreciation of those conclusions be shortened? Why has there been a tendency to disparage market arrangements in literature, and is this trend reversible?


Conference Readings

Bastiat, Frédéric. Economic Sophisms [1845]. Edited by Arthur Goddard. Irvington-on-Hudson: The Foundation for Economic Education, Inc., 1996. (accessed ).

Bastiat, Frédéric. Selected Essays on Political Economy (Fourth Edition). Edited by George B. de Huszar. Translated by Seymour Cain. Irving-on-Hudson: Foundation for Economic Education, 1995. (accessed November 12, 2009).

Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol. New York: Penguin Classics, 2003.

Frank, Robert H., Thomas Gilovich and Dennis T. Regan. “Does Studying Economics Inhibit Cooperation?” Journal of Economic Perspectives 7, no. 2 (Spring 1993): 159-171. (accessed ).

Hayek, F. A. Individualism and Economic Order. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1948, 1980.

Landsburg, Steven E. Fair Play. New York: The Free Press, 1997.

Michael Levin. "In Defense of Scrooge." Mises Daily (December 2000): 1-3. (accessed ).

Read, Leonard E. I, Pencil - My Family Tree As Told to Leonard E. Read. New York: The Foundation for Economic Education , 2006.

Roberts, Russell. The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism (3rd Edition). Upper Saddle River: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007.

Sowell, Thomas. A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles. New York: Basic Books, 2007.

Stigler, George Joseph. The Economist as Preacher and Other Essays. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982.