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Lessons from the past: David Ricardo and Trade

Today many people believe that free trade is good because it makes people better off and creates win-win relationships. Opposite to that, the mercanitlist theory states that when people trade one gets better off at the other party's expense, or that trade is win-lose relationship. Mercantilism is a notion to which many subscribe even today. David Ricardo, the famous British economist from 19th century, challenged mercantilism and explained the theory of comparative advantage.

Join FEE and Professor Michael Thomas for his talk Lessons from the Past: David Ricardo and Trade.

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The Art of Government: the Cologne Brewers Guild story

Historically when politics get in the way,  governments thrive on creating more regulations. Explained through the economic theory this is how incentives work: government officials are self-interested individuals and they always pursue their own interest.
Professor Diana Thomas from Utah State University will tell the story of the Brewers Guild from the medieval town of Cologne and how they deregulated their enterprise.

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Ludwig von Mises and Austrian Economics, webinar with Prof. Ivan Pongracic

Ludwig von Mises was not the founder of the Austrian school of economic thought, but by outlining the school's methodological approach Mises defined the Austrian school and its unique position in mainline economics. Professor Ivan Pongracic will discuss Ludwig von Mises' five main contributions to economics.

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We Had It Coming: Intro to Austrian Economics, webinar with Prof. Anthony J. Evans

What is Austrian economics? What is the science of human action and what does that have to do with economics? Can an economist predict economic crisis or provide solutions? What are the current trends in Austrian economic research and what books, articles or blogs should one interested in Austrian economics read? In this webinar Prof. Anthony Evans introduced the Austrian school of economics and its place in the mainline economic thought.

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The Economic Case for Immigration, webinar with Prof. Benjamin Powell

People constantly search for ways to improve their quality of life. Often times this requires relocating to new places. While relocation within the same country is considered acceptable, many oppose relocation when foreign nationals relocate to their country. The opinion is that foreigners "steal" their jobs. Professor Benjamin Powell thinks this is not true. Immigrants improve their own lives, but they also have positive effects on the local economy: immigrants create new jobs for locals.

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 Economic Freedom and Travel Visas, a webinar with Prof. Robert Lawson

In this webinar Prof. Robert Lawson outlined the important connection between economic freedom and economic growth.

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FEE offers live online events for people new to the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society.


December 2014

Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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