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2019 Hayek Lecture

Douglas A. Irwin John French Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College
Thu, Jun 6, 2019 New York, N.Y.

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2019 Hayek Lecture

Douglas A. Irwin John French Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College
New York, N.Y. 06:00pm—07:30pm
Thursday June 6
Thursday June 6 2019
PAST EVENT Thursday June 6 2019

As the Trump administration considers major changes to U.S. trade relationships, there has never been a better time for a serious discussion of the history of trade policy and politics from America’s founding to the present. Douglas Irwin’s Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy, winner of the Manhattan Institute’s 2019 Hayek Prize, may well be the most authoritative such history ever written.

Trade policy has always been deeply contentious in the U.S. Should America be open to commerce with other countries, or should it protect domestic industries from foreign competition? One thing’s for sure: The political struggle between winners and losers from trade has always been fierce.

Douglas A. Irwin is the John French Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is the author of, among others, Free Trade Under Fire (2015), Trade Policy Disaster: Lessons from the 1930s (2012), Peddling Protectionism: Smoot-Hawley and the Great Depression (2011), The Genesis of the GATT (2008), and Against the Tide: An Intellectual History of Free Trade (1996). Previously, Irwin taught at the University of Chicago and served as an advisor to President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers and to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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Hayek Lecture and Book Prize

Political philosopher and Nobel laureate F. A. Hayek, author of groundbreaking works such as The Road to Serfdom and The Constitution of Liberty was the key figure in the twentieth century revival of classical liberalism. He was also a formative influence on the Manhattan Institute. When our founder, Sir Antony Fisher, asked how best to reverse the erosion of freedom, Hayek advised him not to begin with politics per se but to fight first on the battlefield of ideas. Our Hayek Lecture and Prize affirm and celebrate this mission.

The Hayek Lecture is delivered by the recipient of the Hayek Prize, which honors the book published within the past two years that best reflects Hayek’s vision of economic and individual liberty. The Hayek Prize, with its $50,000 award, is among the world’s most generous book prizes. It was conceived and funded by Manhattan Institute trustee Tom Smith to recognize the influence of F.A. Hayek and to encourage other scholars to follow his example. The winner of the Hayek Prize is chosen from among the nominations by a selection committee of distinguished economists, journalists, and scholars. Past winners include: William Easterly for The White Man's Burden, Amity Shlaes for The Forgotten Man, Benn Steil and Manuel Hinds for Money, Markets & Sovereignty, Matt Ridley for The Rational Optimist, John Taylor for First Principles, Casey Mulligan for The Redistribution Recession, and, most recently, James Grant for The Forgotten Depression.

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