Adam Smith Week 2020 Celebrates Women in Economics

Center for Public Choice and Market Process College of Charleston School of BusinessWomen’s History Month is off to a strong start at the College of Charleston School of Business as the Center for Public Choice and Market Process successfully wraps up its 12th-annual Adam Smith Week — the theme: women in economics. 

“Women have made incredible contributions in the field of economics, and yet they are underrepresented in the field,” says center director and economics professor Peter Calcagno, Ph.D. “We have assembled an amazing group of female economists who have all been influenced by the work of Adam Smith.”

Smith is one of the most recognizable figures in economics and philosophy and, according to Calcagno, was a major proponent of equality among all individuals. Also known as the “Father of Economics, Smith is best known for publishing An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations in which he explains that the wealth of nations is created through changes in the division of labor as well as the growth of firms and industries.

The week-long event boasted a slate full of provocative and informative events as a way for the Center for Public Choice and Market Process to create awareness and explore important topics in political economics, entrepreneurship and the role of government. Panel discussions and lectures allowed students, faculty and the community to become more informed on Smith and his contributions to economic philosophy. 

Featured speakers of the event included: Emily Chamlee-Wright, president and CEO of the Institute for Humane Studies; Jayme Lemke, senior research fellow and associate director of academic and student program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and Amy Willis, senior fellow and director of Econlib and AdamSmithWorks at Liberty Fund.

To learn more about this annual event, please visit the Adam Smith Week page.

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