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The Hayek Program Podcast includes audio from lectures, interviews, and discussions of scholars and visitors from the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The F. A. Hayek Program is devoted to the promotion of teaching and research on the institutional arrangements that are suitable for the support of free and prosperous societies. Implicit in this statement is the presumption that those arrangements are to some extent open to conscious selection, as well as the appreciation that the type of arrangements that are selected within a society can influence significantly the economic, political, and moral character of that society.

The Hayek Program Podcast is partially funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation on "Work, Self-governance, and the Challenge of Unsustainable Dependency." The Grant is for a three-year project to explore the themes of work and self-governance as well as the root causes and consequences of the modern shift toward a greater reliance on government efforts to solve collective challenges.

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The Hayek Program Podcast includes audio from lectures, interviews, and discussions of scholars and visitors from the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The F. A. Hayek Program is devoted to the promotion of teaching and research on the institutional arrangements that are suitable for the support of free and prosperous societies. Implicit in this statement is the presumption that those arrangements are to some extent open to conscious selection, as well as the appreciation that the type of arrangements that are selected within a society can influence significantly the economic, political, and moral character of that society.

The Hayek Program Podcast is partially funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation on "Work, Self-governance, and the Challenge of Unsustainable Dependency." The Grant is for a three-year project to explore the themes of work and self-governance as well as the root causes and consequences of the modern shift toward a greater reliance on government efforts to solve collective challenges.

    Loren Lomasky on "Justice at a Distance"

    Loren Lomasky on "Justice at a Distance"

    The current global-justice literature starts from the premise that world poverty results mostly from the actions of governments and citizens of rich countries. As a result, it recommends vast coercive transfers of wealth from rich to poor societies alongside stronger governance. But is it possible that global injustice is actually home-grown? If so, how can we alleviate poverty? What duties do we owe the world’s poor? In this throwback episode of the Hayek Program Podcast on "Justice at a Distance", Loren Lomasky argues that native restrictions to freedom lie at the root of poverty and stagnation, and that free markets in goods, services, and labor are capable of alleviating poverty.

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    • 22 min
    'Humanomics' Book Panel

    'Humanomics' Book Panel

    On this episode of the podcast, the Hayek Program hosts a book panel on “Humanomics: Moral Sentiments and the Wealth of Nations for the Twenty-First Century” by Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith and Bart Wilson. In the panel, participants explore the main themes and applications of the book including how integrating insights from Adam Smith’s work into contemporary empirical analysis helps to shape economic betterment as a science of human beings. Charlie Holt and Ryan Hanley join Vernon Smith and Bart Wilson on the panel as Peter Boettke moderates.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Elizabeth Rhodes on a 21st Century Vision for Economic Security

    Elizabeth Rhodes on a 21st Century Vision for Economic Security

    In our final installment of the Hayek Program’s 2019 Future of Work Conference, we hear from Elizabeth Rhodes, research director for the Basic Income Project at Y Combinator Research. In her talk, she shares her research experiences in projects relating to a guaranteed basic income, including research on how she believes recent economic growth has been unevenly distributed and how intergenerational mobility has decreased. She also focuses on how the nature of modern jobs has changed and what can be done to address these changes while also addressing deficiencies in the current social safety net.

    • 55 min
    Michael Munger on the Future of the Sharing Economy and Universal Basic Income

    Michael Munger on the Future of the Sharing Economy and Universal Basic Income

    On this episode of the Hayek Program Podcast, we welcome our next keynote speaker from the Future of Work 2019 conference, Michael Munger, a professor of political science, economics, and public policy at Duke University. In his talk, he discusses the future of gigs and sharing in the economy and the role of storage could change. Additionally, he examines the messiness of economic revolutions and how a universal basic income could play a role in the next one.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Betsey Stevenson on the Future of Technology and Employment

    Betsey Stevenson on the Future of Technology and Employment

    On this episode of the Hayek Program Podcast, we continue the release of our 2019 Future of Work Conference lectures with an address by Betsey Stevenson, Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Michigan. Betsey Stevenson addresses two competing visions of future employment and makes the case that technological advances, far from destroying human civilization, has consistently bettered it. She addresses the past and present concerns surrounding technological advances and makes the case that the real concern of the future is less about employment and more about redistribution.

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    • 59 min
    Glen Weyl on the Myths and Benefits of Automation

    Glen Weyl on the Myths and Benefits of Automation

    On this episode of the Hayek Program Podcast, we hear from Glen Weyl, Microsoft's Office of the Chief Technology Officer Political Economist and Social Technologist, as the first of four keynote speakers from the Hayek Program's 2019 Future of Work Conference. In his talk, Glen Weyl argues that the current narrative of automation and artificial intelligence displacing human labor is misguided at best and dangerous at worst. Instead, he makes the case for framing the discussion around the potential benefits of new technology and posits that our future is not one of luxury communism but of enhanced productivity and human ingenuity.

    Learn about the Future of Work conference at https://ppe.mercatus.org/events/future-work

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    • 53 min

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