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Libertarian Economist Jeffrey Miron to Speak
Jeffrey A. Miron, a Harvard economist and an expert in the economics of libertarianism, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Deeds Symposium on Thursday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium.
The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets, call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587.
Miron is a senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. A senior fellow at the Cato Institute, he has appeared as a commentator on CNN and PBS, and has written for The New York Times and Forbes magazine. With a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Miron has chaired the economics department at Boston University and taught at the University of Michigan and MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Miron is the author of Libertarianism from A to Z and has published numerous articles in refereed journals and 30 op-eds in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Boston Business Journal. Among his honors are an Olin Fellowship from the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Earhart Foundation Fellowship, and a Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship.
From his expertise in the economics of libertarianism, Miron moves his audiences beyond the superficial tenets of libertarian thought to examine the movement’s controversial stances on issues ranging from abortion to the war on terror, with particular emphasis on the economics of illegal drugs. He was one of 166 economists to sign a letter to congressional leaders in opposition to the bailout plan put forth by the U.S. federal government in response to the global financial crisis of September–October 2008. Miron advocated that companies that floundered during the crisis should be bankrupt instead of receiving government help.
The Deeds Symposium was created in 1982 at the University of Hartford to provide a forum for the discussion of free-market principles. Program speakers are internationally known participants in the continuing discussion of free enterprise and government.