Russ Roberts Book Panel: How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

Jan 22, 2015
George Mason University, Fairfax Campus Johnson Center Cinema

Adam Smith’s insights into human nature are just as relevant today as they were 300 years ago. What does it take to be truly happy? Should we pursue fame and fortune or the respect of our friends and family? How can we make the world a better place? When Russ Roberts finally picked up Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments, he realized he’d stumbled upon what might be the greatest self-help book that almost no one has read.

Please join the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for a panel discussion featuring Russ Roberts and his new book, How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness (Portfolio, 2014). In this book, Roberts examines Smith’s forgotten masterpiece and finds a treasure trove of timeless, practical wisdom.

We will be pleased to hear from author Russ Roberts, as well as chair Peter Boettke and commenters Daniel Klein and Ryan Hanley.

To RSVP, please contact Samantha Hopta at or (703) 993-4967.

Russ Roberts is the John and Jean de Nault Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He hosts the award-winning weekly podcast EconTalk and is the author of three economics novels, including The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity (Princeton University Press, 2008). He is the co-creator of the Keynes-Hayek rap videos, which have been viewed over seven million times on YouTube.

Peter Boettke is University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, and the director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He specializes in Austrian economics, economic history, institutional analysis, public choice, and social change.

Daniel Klein is a professor of economics and JIN Chair in Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he leads a program on Adam Smith. Klein is the author of Knowledge and Coordination: A Liberal Interpretation (Oxford University Press, 2012), coauthor of Curb Rights: A Foundation for Free Enterprise in Urban Transit (Brookings Institute Press, 1997), editor of Reputation: Studies in the Voluntary Elicitation of Good Conduct (University of Michigan Press, 1997), editor of What Do Economists Contribute? (NYU Press, 1999), and coeditor of The Half-Life of Policy Rationales: How New Technology Affects Old Policy Issues (NYU Press, 2003). He is the founder and chief editor of Econ Journal Watch.

Ryan Hanley is an associate professor of political science at Marquette University. Before joining the faculty at Marquette, he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center. His research in the history of political philosophy focuses on the Scottish Enlightenment. He is the author of Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and editor of the forthcoming Adam Smith: A Princeton Guide (Princeton University Press). He is a past president of the International Adam Smith Society.