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Inequality, Individualism, and Indispensability – From Adam Smith to Gary Becker, A Dead Economists Society Salon on the value of being different
September 9, 2021 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm CEST
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In this Dead Economists Society Salon Bronwyn Williams and Peter Isztin discuss people (after all, the economy is, ultimately, the sum total of the choices made by individuals like you and I) – what makes us different and how are we the same.
“Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself- and thus make yourself indispensable.”
We’ll discuss Adam Smith’s street porter and the philosopher as a starting point and ask :
Are people are intrinsically more similar or different?
Is specialisation and division of labour as a result of and/or a key source of difference?
What is the role (if any) of generalists in the economy?
Who was right? Heckman or Adam Smith about the critical influences of the first few years for human development?
How do contemporary nature versus nurture and demographic identity debates interest with the ideas of our dead economists?
What are the deep sources of inequality today?
And whatever other directions the conversation takes is in.
Join us as we unpack the ideas of Adam Smith and human capital.
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