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Pepperdine University: Patricia Tagliaferri Dean’s Lecture – Niall Ferguson

In this first Patricia Tagliaferri Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Dr. Niall Ferguson makes a compelling argument that policy failures – both domestic and international–have been founded on a misreading, if not complete ignorance of history.  

London School of Economics: “Too much Maths, too little History: The problem of Economics” | Panel Discussion

This is a recording of the debate hosted by the LSE Economic History Department, in collaboration with the LSESU Economic History Society and the LSESU Economics Society. Speakers: Proposition Team – Lord Robert Skidelsky & Dr. Ha-Joon Chang Opposition Team – Prof. Steve Pisckhe & Prof. Francesco Caselli Chair – Professor James Foreman-Peck The LSE …

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Foundation for Economic Education: Adam Smith and the Birth of Economics | Lawrence Reed

Lawrence Reed, President of FEE, discusses Adam Smith’s role in the development of economic thought. Mr. Reed outlines how Smith’s background in moral philosophy led to his pioneering the study of economics. Adam Smith (16 June 1723 NS (5 June 1723 OS) – 17 July 1790) was a Scottish moral philosopher, pioneer of political economy, …

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Talks at Google: James Robinson: “Why Nations Fail”

Professor James Robinson is a leading developmental economist, political scientist, and New York Times bestselling author. His book is Why Nations Fail. It proposes an institutional explanation for why some societies are dynamic and prosperous and others are not. He has fascinating examples from the present day going back to the Roman Empire.  

Commonwealth Club: An Evening with Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond, Professor, UCLA; Author, Guns, Germs and Steel, Collapse and The World Until Yesterday In conversation with Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival Jared Diamond is a scientist known for drawing from a variety of fields, from anthropology to evolutionary biology. He has published several popular science books, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs …

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Intelligence^2: Debate | “Karl Marx Was Right”

We can’t say Karl Marx didn’t warn us: capitalism contains the seeds of its own destruction. In their chase for ever higher profits, the capitalists shed workers for machines. The higher return on capital means that the share of profits rises and the share of wages falls, and soon the mass of the population isn’t …

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Niall Ferguson: The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die

Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, discussed the falling quality of American institutions in his talk entitled;The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die; His book of the same name is available on Amazon. Ferguson focuses on China and the United States as examples of institutional improvement in the developing world …

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Zachary Karabell: The Leading Indicators – A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World

GDP, unemployment, inflation. Trade, housing and stock market data. These are among the “leading indicators” that purport to define what matters in our economic lives. But these broad, clear-cut markers were developed decades ago, and gray areas have come to permeate the U.S. economy since those days. Nevertheless, these outmoded factoids still drive trillions of …

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Jared Diamond @ London Real: Guns, Germs, & Steel

Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize winner of “Guns, Germs, & Steel”. Jared Diamond is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the International Bestsellers “Guns, Germs, & Steel” , “Collapse” and his new book “The World Until Yesterday” and a professor at UCLA known for drawing from a variety of fields (AKA “polymath”) including anthropology, ecology, geography, …

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James Robinson: Why Nations Fail – The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

At the ESMT Open Lecture “Why Nations Fail” with James A. Robinson on March 11, 2013, the Harvard professor and co-author of the book of the same name presented the importance economic and political inclusiveness for the success of a nation. More than 300 guests attended the lecture, moderated by Quentin Peel, Financial Times chief …

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Niall Ferguson: The global economic conundrum

At the 2013 Global Empowerment Meeting, Niall Ferguson attempts to make sense of the current economic situation from a historical perspective. Are we re-visiting the 1970s when rich countries stagnated in an economic morass, while natural resource exporters boomed? And what is to come: will our era be followed by a decade like the 1980s, …

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James Robinson: Why Nations Fail

Hosted by Cornell University and The Center for the Study of Economy and Society (CSES), James Robinson, co-author of the book “Why Nations Fail”, talks about how modern economic growth rests on innovation. How innovation is usually seen as proportional to effort, investment, and levels of accumulated knowledge technological prowess – as positive forces. But innovation also …

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Niall Ferguson: The 6 killer apps of prosperity

TED presents Niall Ferguson who outlines why and how the west was so successful in history, when Asia and China was far more advanced in many areas but Europe from the 15 century and forward surpassed in economic wealth, science and power (see this previous summary article on why human history looks the way it does).  Historian Niall Ferguson suggests half …

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Jared Diamond: Why Societies Collapse

TED presents Professor Jared Diamond, who in this famous talk outlines why it is that societies fail. With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how — if we see it in time — we can prevent …

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