Video: Art Carden: Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich: How the Bourgeois Deal Made the Modern World.

First Published: 2018-12-22

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 Location: The University of The Bahamas. Sir Franklyn Wilson Centre

Presented by: The Nassau Institute & Templeton Religion Trust, in Collaboration with the Banking Economics & Finance Department & The Economics Society of The University of The Bahamas Lecture

Summary: Things like natural resources, free trade, science, and thrift are great to have, but they only explain a small part of the Great Enrichment that has happened since the middle of the 18th century.

Other explanations for why the west is rich like slavery, colonialism, and empire also don’t do the job. Drawing on my collaboration with Deirdre McCloskey titled Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich: How the Bourgeois Deal Made the Modern World (currently in progress), I argue in this talk that the modern world emerged from a combination of institutional, ethical, and rhetorical changes that revalued commercial society.

About the speaker: Art Carden is an Associate Professor of Economics at Samford University’s Brock School of Business. In addition, he is a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, a Senior Fellow with the Beacon Center of Tennessee, and a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute. His research has appeared in the Journal of Urban Economics, the Southern Economic Journal, Applied Economics, Public Choice, and Contemporary Economic Policy, and his commentaries have appeared in Forbes, Productive!, USA Today, Black Belt, and many other outlets. He earned a BS and MA from the University of Alabama and an AM and PhD from Washington University in Saint Louis. Before joining the faculty at Samford, Art taught economics at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife and three children.

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