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Matt Ridley on Viral, The Origin of COVID-19

Matt Ridley’s books have sold over a million copies, been translated into 31 languages and won several awards. His books include The Red Queen, The Origins of Virtue, Genome, Nature via Nurture, Francis Crick, The Rational Optimist, The Evolution of Everything, and How Innovation Works. His TED talk “When Ideas Have Sex” has been viewed more than two […]

February 12, 2022

Richard Hanania: The Politics of Everything

Bryan Caplan interviews Richard Hanania, head of the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology, on international relations, war, peace, sanctions, grand strategy (and the lack thereof), partisanship, ideology, wokeness, academia, discrimination, civil rights, legal reform, and Hanania’s unique career path.

January 31, 2022

Jay Bhattacharya on 18 months into the Covid-19 pandemic

Jay Battacharya is a Professor of Economics and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University.

December 13, 2021

Tale of Two Recoveries

Dr. Tyler Goodspeed is the Kleinheinz Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. From 2020-21 he was Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President, having previously served as Member, Chief Economist for Macroeconomic Policy, and Senior Economist for public finance and macroeconomics. Before joining the Council, he […]

November 17, 2021

Jason Brennan on Getting Rich, Alternative to Democracy and the Moral Failures of Universities

Jason F. Brennan is an American philosopher and business professor. He is currently the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Brennan writes about democratic theory, the ethics of voting, competence and power, freedom, and the moral foundations of […]

October 27, 2021

Charles Calomiris on FinTech

Dr. Charles Calomiris joins Dr. Scott Bauguess and Dr. Cesare Fracassi to discuss FinTech.  Charles W. Calomiris is the Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions at Columbia Business School and a Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He recently served as Chief Economist and Senior Deputy Comptroller […]

October 5, 2021

America’s Response to 9/11: Looking Back on 20 Years of Foreign Policy

Three writers with different approaches to foreign policy reflect on 20 years of America’s military response to 9/11. For more information on the speakers in this panel, please visit the event page here.

September 13, 2021

Valentin Bolotnyy on the Gender Pay Gap

Valentin Bolotnyy is an economist at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He works on topics across public and labor economics, often partnering with government agencies to improve public services and gain insight into social behavior. 

March 30, 2021

Casey Mulligan on the Book “You’re Hired! Untold Successes and Failures of a Populist President”

Casey B. Mulligan is an American economist and author. He is a Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago. From 2018 to 2019 he served as the chief economist of the Council of Economic Advisors at The White House.

February 6, 2021
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