The Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) is proud to announce that the Adam Smith Award winner for 2013 will be William Easterly of New York University. APEE describes the award as follows:
"The Adam Smith Award is .. is given to recognize an individual who has made a sustained and lasting contribution to the perpetuation of the ideals of a free market economy as first laid out in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations. The recipient of this award must be an individual who has acquired an international reputation as an eloquent scholar and advocate of free enterprise and the system of entrepreneurship which underlies it..."
Previous award winners include Nobel Prize winners James Buchanan, Vernon Smith, Douglass North, and Elinor Ostrom, and other leading economic thinkers such as Armen Alchian, Robert Barro, Harold Demsetz, Allan Meltzer, and Gordon Tullock...
Easterly's work is not just a critique of efforts at development planning due to perverse incentives, bureaucratic bottlenecks, and errors in economic calculation, but also contains a deep understanding of the role of the entrepreneurial market process in lifting individuals out of poverty and producing a social order of freedom, dignity, peace, and prosperity. Economic development follows from a society of free and responsible individuals; who participate in a market economy based on profit and loss; who participate in a political regime governed by principle, not privilege; and live in a society that exhibits neither discrimination nor dominion...
Easterly will be honored on Sunday, April 14th, 2013 at the opening banquet of the annual meetings of APEE. This years conference will be held at the Sheraton-Maui. Here is the call for papers, please consider submitting a paper and/or a panel for the meetings.
Imagine trying to fund a development research institute
the Development Research Institute which includes at least some people obviously including the present author who seem to go out of their way to annoy, contradict, and insult every important and unimportant constituency in development. Maybe they'll like self-deprecating humor. Could you possibly raise funds for these people? To keep them in business? Wouldn't that be incredibly fun?
Now's your chance to find out. We are recruiting a new Assistant Director of Development for us and our sister organization Africa House (Development means here not what it usually means in our posts, but "raising money.") Please apply, or send us the names of your highly qualified friends who are too shy to apply. The links are all there, but if you want to discuss informally or just offer advice, please email Liuba Grechen at email@example.com.