Author Peter Boettke at Hampden-Sydney

October 17, 2012

Peter BoettkeOn Wednesday, October 24, Hampden-Sydney College will host Dr. Peter J. Boettke in a lecture based on his latest book, Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

Boettke is a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, Vice President for Research, and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Strongly influenced by the paradigm of Austrian economics, Boettke seeks to develop a robust political economy research program that expands an understanding of how individuals acting through the extended market order can effect generalized freedom and prosperity for society, and how the institutional arrangements within which economic actors find themselves can shape, reinforce, or inhibit the individual choices that lead spontaneously to sustained economic development.  Boettke is particularly interested in how these dynamics influence entrepreneurial activity in transitioning, weak, and failed states.

At George Mason University, Boettke directs the weekly Workshop in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, which was established to encourage and explore the latest research at the intersection of these three disciplines by scholars from across the social sciences and humanities.  As a teacher, Boettke is dedicated to cultivating enthusiasm for the economic way of thinking and the importance of economic ideas in future generations of scholars and citizens. 

Sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Political Economy, Boettke's lecture will begin at 7:30 PM in Crawley Forum.  This event is free and open to the community.