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Capitalism and Society Lecture to be held February 24, 2014

The Spring 2014 ‘Capitalism and Society’ lecture will take place on Monday, February 24, 2014, at 4:30 pm in the Ag Country Auditorium in Richard H. Barry Hall Room 140, of the downtown NDSU campus.  The ‘Capitalism and Society’ lecture series seeks to engage the broader community on issues that relate morality and ethics to liberty and free markets.  The lecture is free and open to the public and students from any of the tri-college universities are especially encouraged to attend.  

The featured speaker this Spring is Dr. Bonnie Wilson who will give a presentation titled “The market is moral. Are we? Does it matter?”

Is the market moral? Many say “yes,” in part, because markets incent peaceful cooperation. Markets lead people to serve one another, albeit as an unintended consequence of self-serving interests. Is the market’s induced morality sufficient? Or is something more required of us? Must we also make intended moral choices if the evolved order of the market is to succeed? Arguably, yes. In particular, if we are to achieve and maintain “economic freedom,” the sort of freedom required for markets to succeed, we must set some of our special interests aside.

Dr. Wilson is an Associate Professor of Economics at Saint Louis University. She is also a research fellow at the Show-Me Institute, a research and educational institute dedicated to advancing liberty with responsibility and to the study of state and local public policy issues in the state of Missouri. Dr. Wilson earned undergraduate degrees in economics, international business, and music from Saint Louis University, and her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her most recent work examines the growth effects of the interplay between lobbying and economic freedom and the impact of special-interest groups on economic growth, on volatility, and on banking crises.

The ‘Capitalism and Society’ lecture series is organized by Dr. Jeremy Jackson, Assistant Professor of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, NDSU.

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