Thursday, 30 April 2015

ECONOMICS FOR REAL PEOPLE: From the Education of Cyrus to the Education of Economists


Here’s what’s happening this evening with our friends at the Auckland Uni Economics Group. All welcome!

What's the connection between Cyrus and economics?

In tonight's seminar, we will be looking at an economic idea that has been understood, if only in a rudimentary sense, by economic thinkers since antiquity – all the way back to Xenophon, who talks about it in his Cyropaedia (or The Education of Cyrus). 

Despite this illustrious lineage however, it's an idea that only received its first detailed treatment in the work of an eighteenth-century Scottish moral philosopher. A seemingly simple idea, which economists far too often take for granted, that has huge implications for the whole field of economics.

Indeed, we’ll see that this idea provides the very foundation of society and economic thought, and can be used to help us answer almost all questions related to economics - whether they be questions about Peruvian hill tribes or sophisticated modern economies.

        Date: Thursday, April 30
       Time: 6-7pm
        Location: Room 040C, Level 0, Owen G. Glenn Business
                                (plenty of parking in the Business School basement, entrance off Grafton Rd)

We look forward to seeing you there!

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