2007 Free Market Forum

2007 Free Market Forum

Hillsdale College | September 27-29, 2007

The second Free Market Forum on “The Role of Markets and Governments in Pursuing the Common Good” was held on the campus of Hillsdale College on September 27-29, 2007. Over one hundred faculty members and state policy leaders from across the United States and Canada attended the discussions. Evening speakers included Walter Williams, Burton Folsom, Jr., and Mark Steyn. Six panel discussions filled the remainder of the weekend.



“Markets, Governments, and the Common Good”
Walter E. Williams

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Panel 1: Monetary Policy and the Common Good

“Monetary Policy & Economic Nationalism at the Beginning of the 21st Century”
Paul R. Koch

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“Free Money, Currency Substitution, and Regional Currencies”
Jonathan Warner

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“What Really Sustains Microfinance”
Peter R. Crabb

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Panel 2: The Legacy of Milton Friedman

“Friedman’s Influence on Public Policy”
Brian Wesbury

“Friedman’s Influence in the Academy”
James Gwartney

“Friedman’s Influence Overseas”
Mart Laar

Panel 3: How to Teach Economics

“Teaching Introductory Economic Concepts”
Gary Wolfram

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“Teaching Economic Principles Interactively: A Cannibal’s Dinner Party”
Ted Bergstrom

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“Teaching the Benefits of Capitalism”
Roger Butters

“Progressives and Leviathan”
Burton W. Folsom, Jr.

Panel 4: Globalization and the Common Good

“Global Participation and Gain-Sharing”
Senyo Adjibolosoo

“Corruption, Faith, and International Trade”
John E. Stapleford

“Markets, Governments, International Organizations and the Common Good”
Kent T. Saunders

Panel 5: The Moral Foundations of Classical Economics

“Classical Economics in The Wealth of Nations”
James Halteman

“The Significance of Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments”
James R. Otteson

“Classical Economics and the American Founding”
Thomas West

Panel 6: Christian Benevolence and the Welfare State

“Faith, Benevolence, and the State”
Amy Sherman

“Lessons of the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort”
Peter Leeson

“Benevolence: The Difficult Art of Giving”
Leslie Lenkowsky

“Canada’s Economics vs. the American Model”
Mark Steyn