Russ Roberts: Adam Smith, Free Trade, and Human Dignity

November 30, 2016

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Gatton 307 - Woodward Hall

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Russell Roberts hosts the weekly podcast EconTalk—hour-long conversations with authors, economists, and business leaders. Past guests include Milton Friedman, Nassim Taleb, Christopher Hitchens, Marc Andreessen, Joseph Stiglitz, and John Bogle. EconTalk was named podcast of the year in the 2008 Weblog Awards. More than 425 episodes are available at no charge at and on iTunes.

His two rap videos on the ideas of John Maynard Keynes and F.A. Hayek, created with filmmaker John Papola, have had more than seven million views on YouTube, been subtitled in 11 languages, and are used in high school and college classrooms around the world.

His latest book is How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness, which takes the lessons from Adam Smith’s little-known masterpiece, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and applies them to modern life.

Roberts is also the author of three fiction novels: The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity; The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance; and his first book, The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism, which was named one of the top ten books of 1994 by BusinessWeek and one of the best books of 1994 by the Financial Times. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.