The AIER Standard is a production of the American Institute for Economic Research hosted by Ethan Yang. This is a series of conversations with leading scholars, professionals, and activists on their cutting-edge work regarding economic freedom, sound money, and personal liberty.
Noxious Markets and the International Arms Trade - Chris Coyne
In this episode Ethan sits down with Chris Coyne at the Mercatus Markets and Society Conference to discuss his research on noxious markets. The conversation touches on the role of states in the perpetuation of weapon sales in conflict zones. Coyne's perspective applies an economic-public choice perspective to analyzing foreign policy decisions and how well intentioned programs end up doing more harm than good.
Chris Coyne is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the Associate Director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center
National Identity, Liberty, and Hayek: A Conversation with Chandran Kukathas
On this episode Ethan sits down with the great Professor Chandran Kukathas, the Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University and former Chair of Political Theory at the London School of Economics. The conversation covers his work on questions of nationalism, ethnic identity, and political order. Chandran also discusses his research into the work of Friedrich Hayek and the great economist's contributions to the advancement of not just human liberty but the field of political science.
Markets and Capitalism in Latin America - Carroll Rios
On this episode of the AIER Standard, Ethan sits down with Carroll Ríos de Rodríguez, a public choice professor and trustee at Universidad Francisco Marroquínas in Guatemala well as the president of the Instituto Fe y Libertad. Carroll also founded UFM's public choice center.
Ethan asks Carroll about her intellectual journey, her efforts in creating a foothold for liberty minded economic and political ideas in Latin America, and general questions about the volatile nature of politics in the Latin world.
Why Are Some States Freer Than Others | Feler Bose
On this episode of the AIER Standard, Ethan interviews Feler Bose, an economics professor at Indiana University East at the Public Choice Conference in Seattle. There has been much research on the correlation between economic freedom and prosperity. However, not much has been done on what leads to economic freedom. Feler's research compares differing governance structures among different American state governments to uncover relationships with policies that maintain business friendly environments. He also tosses in a taste of his most recent research on sexual freedom and its relationship to economic philosophies.
How Markets Can Inform Public Policy - Nikolai Wenzel
In this episode of the AIER Standard Ethan sits down with Nikolai Wenzel a professor of economics and a new member of the faculty at AIER. The discussions covers both Nikolai and Ethan's journey from left leaning progressives as undergraduates to passionate advocates for markets as professionals. Nikolai then focuses on the content of his forthcoming book which is aimed at posing market solutions to problems that are usually seen as areas for greater state action. The conversation covers a plethora of topics such as Socialism, education reform, poverty, data privacy, property rights, and intellectual bias elite academia.
God and Man in a Free Society - Tony Gill
Is God dead in America? Can a free society be a secular one? Why does religion still play a powerful role in daily life despite the advent of the modern state?
To answer these questions and more, Ethan Yang sits down with AIER Visiting Scholar and Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, Tony Gill. Tony is the author of numerous academic papers exploring the resilience and role of religion in political and economic life. The discussion explores the technical functions of faith in society and how it plays into solving collective action problems.
This conversation is especially timely today as religiosity declines in many Western countries, and critical discussions on longstanding institutions, such as religion, are widespread.
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1:52 Why is Religion Still Relevant
7:15 What Services Do Religions Provide
10:00 Religion and Economic Growth
12:30 Religion as Local Governance
18:39 Buchanan, the Role of the Supernatural, and the State
23:40 Why Religion Lasts Longer than the State
27:00 The Importance of the Separation of Church and State
29:10 Is Society Too Godless
35:30 Does Modernity Lead to Secularism
37:09 Religion and a Free Society