Past Provocative Lectures
The Voltage Effect How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale
March 9, 2022
John A. List, Ph.D
Ideology, Norms, and the Prospects for Democracy [pdf]
November 10, 2021
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
The Property Species: Mine, Yours, and the Human Mind [pdf]
April 22, 2021
Professor, Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Economics and Law
Director, Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy
Why the Study of Economics Neglects Race, and What Can be Done About It? [pdf]
February 24, 2021
Gary Hoover, Ph.D.
Tulane University, Professor of Economics and Executive Director or Murphy Institute
2020 Provocative Lectures were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Challenging Political Economy of Medicare-For-All [pdf]
March 18, 2020 - to be rescheduled
Roberta Q. Herzberg, Ph.D.
Distinguished Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics The Mercatus Center at George Mason University
What can we learn from Uber? Three Large Scale Field Experiments on Tipping, Apologies, and the Gender Pay Gap [pdf]
April 14, 2020 - to be rescheduled
John A. List, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Chicago
Bringing Fiscal Sanity to California Infrastructure Policy [pdf]
November 19, 2019, Tues.
Marc Joffe, MPA
Sr. Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation
Patents, Intellectual Property, and the Rise of the Rent-Seeking Society [pdf]
October 30, 2019, Wed.
Alex Tabarrok, Ph.D.
Professor, George Mason University
The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System [pdf]
September 18, 2019, Wed.
David Skarbek, Ph.D.
Mixed-Economy Entrepreneurship: What is a Capitalist to Do? [pdf]
April 23rd, 2019
Robert L. Bradley, Jr.
T.R.M. Howard: Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer [pdf]
March 18th, 2019
Linda Royster Beito, Ph.D.
Professor, Stillman College. Ph.D. University of Alabama
The Cambodian Genocide and Communism [pdf]
February 19th, 2019
Channy Chhi Laux
Who Watches the Prosecutors? [pdf]
November 8, 2018
Founder and CEO of Vascular Solutions, Inc.
Knowledge is Power [pdf]
October 10, 2018
CEO and Founder of Open the Books
Helping Low-Income Workers Get Ahead: A Market Solution [pdf]
September 27, 2018
Safwan Shah, Ph.D.
CEO and Founder PayActive
The Old Lady, the Fly and the Horse: an Outline for Economic Reform [pdf]
April 11, 2018
Incarceration Nation - How America Became the World's Leading Jailer [pdf]
March 20, 2018
Black Liberty Matters [pdf]
February 28, 2018
Jacob T. Levy