THINK 2016: Dr Steve Davies on “The Morality of Economics”

Watch the IEA’s Dr Steve Davies open our THINK 2016 conference: “The Free Market in Action and The Morality of Economics”

Ever since Carlyle dubbed it ‘the dismal science’ economics has been represented as an apology for venal and immoral conduct. Is this true or a total misrepresentation? What is the morality of markets and economics? How have markets and innovations transformed the world for the better? Will they continue to do so?

Dr Steve Davies is the Head of Education at the IEA. Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia. He joined IHS from the UK where he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. He has authored several books, including Empiricism and History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and was co-editor with Nigel Ashford of The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991).

The IEA’s THINK conference THINK brings together some of the most prominent and thought-provoking economists from all over the world for a one-day conference targeted at those under 30.

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