Past Provocative Lectures


Spring 2023

May 10, 2023
Lecture on “Experimental Economics”
Vernon Smith
Nobel Prize Winner

March 8, 2023
Lecture on "Repugnant Markets"
Alvin Roth
Nobel Prize Winner 



Spring 2022

March 9, 2022
The Voltage Effect How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale
John A. List, Ph.D


Fall 2021

November 10, 2021
Ideology, Norms, and the Prospects for Democracy
Erik O. Kimbrough, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics in the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy at Chapman University's Argyros School of Business and Economics

Spring 2021

April 22, 2021
The Property Species: Mine, Yours, and the Human Mind
Bart Wilson
Professor, Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Economics and Law
Director, Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy

February 24, 2021
Why the Study of Economics Neglects Race, and What Can be Done About It?
Gary Hoover, Ph.D.
Tulane University, Professor of Economics and Executive Director or Murphy Institute
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Spring 2020

2020 Provocative Lectures were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 18, 2020 - to be rescheduled
The Challenging Political Economy of Medicare-For-All
Roberta Q. Herzberg, Ph.D.
Distinguished Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics The Mercatus Center at George Mason University

April 14, 2020 - to be rescheduled
What can we learn from Uber? Three Large Scale Field Experiments on Tipping, Apologies, and the Gender Pay Gap
John A. List, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Chicago


Fall 2019

November 19, 2019
Bringing Fiscal Sanity to California Infrastructure Policy
Marc Joffe, MPA
Sr. Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation

October 30, 2019
Patents, Intellectual Property, and the Rise of the Rent-Seeking Society
Alex Tabarrok, Ph.D.
Professor, George Mason University

September 18, 2019
The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System
David Skarbek, Ph.D.

Spring 2019

April 23rd, 2019
Mixed-Economy Entrepreneurship: What is a Capitalist to Do? 
Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

March 18th, 2019
T.R.M. Howard: Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer
Linda Royster Beito, Ph.D.
Professor, Stillman College. Ph.D. University of Alabama

February 19th, 2019
The Cambodian Genocide and Communism
Channy Chhi Laux


Fall 2018

November 8, 2018
Who Watches the Prosecutors?
Howard Root
Founder and CEO of Vascular Solutions, Inc.

October 10, 2018  
Knowledge is Power
Adam Andrzejewski
CEO and Founder of Open the Books

September 27, 2018 
Helping Low-Income Workers Get Ahead: A Market Solution
Safwan Shah, Ph.D.
CEO and Founder PayActive

Spring 2018

April 11, 2018
The Old Lady, the Fly and the Horse: an Outline for Economic Reform
John Cochrane

March 20, 2018
Incarceration Nation - How America Became the World's Leading Jailer
Clark Neily

February 28, 2018
Black Liberty Matters
Jacob T. Levy

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