A Conversation between Deirdre McCloskey and Don Boudreaux on Bourgeois Equality, Vol III of The Bourgeois Era

Apr 21, 2016
George Mason University, Fairfax Campus Mason Hall, Room D180

Is our modern world the product of changing institutions and innovations or the result of shifting opinions about them?

This question serves as the central focus of Deirdre McCloskey’s latest installment of her Bourgeois Era Trilogy, Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World (University of Chicago Press, 2016). This new volume challenges conventional wisdom about the causes of the wealth of nations and builds a powerful case for the initiating role of ideas – the liberal ideas of equal liberty and dignity for ordinary folk – in creating the Great Enrichment from 1800 to today. 

Join the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics for a conversation between Deirdre McCloskey and Donald Boudreaux about Bourgeois Equality and the Bourgeois Era Trilogy.

The conversation will be followed by a reception from 3:30 to 5:00 PM next door in Mason Hall, D101.

About the Speakers

Deirdre Nansen McCloskey is an emerita distinguished professor of economics and of history, and professor of English and of communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of sixteen other books, including If You’re So Smart, The Secret Sins of Economics, The Bourgeois Virtues, Bourgeois Dignity, and Crossing: A Memoirall published by the University of Chicago Press.



Donald Boudreaux
is a senior fellow with the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a Mercatus Center Board Member, and a professor of economics and former economics-department chair at George Mason University. He holds the Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center. He specializes in globalization and trade, law and economics, and antitrust economics