Western Australia

Adam Smith: Life, Work and Legacy


From: Tuesday June 27, 2023, 9:00 am

To: Tuesday June 27, 2023, 4:30 pm

Marking the 300th birthday of the author of The Wealth of Nations

The tercentenary (300th birthday) of Adam Smith, the author of The Wealth of Nations and The Theory of Moral Sentiments, is being marked this year around the world.

Often seen as ‘the founder of economics’, Smith is a giant in political economy. To mark the occasion, the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy at Curtin University, with the generous support of the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, is holding a one-day event with expert speakers presenting on Smith’s life, work and legacy – including his relevance for today.

Each of our guest speakers will present their unique perspective on Adam Smith. The event will culminate in a thought-provoking panel discussion, with plenty of opportunity for Q&A.

Please join us for this once in 300-year event!

RSVP: Please register your attendance by Friday 23 June.

This is a free event, but registrations are necessary for catering purposes. Early responses are appreciated.

Register here

About the Speakers:

Professor Tony Aspromourgos, University of Sydney

Tony Aspromourgos is Emeritus Professor of Economics in the University of Sydney and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He has published extensively in international economic journals and is the author of The Science of Wealth: Adam Smith and the Framing of Political Economy (Routledge, 2009), an essay-length ‘Invisible Hand’ entry for The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (2020) and forthcoming from Routledge later this year, Nature and Economic Society: a Classical-Keynesian Synthesis.

Professor William Coleman

At the time Smith was completing The Wealth of Nations the British Empire was experiencing deep upheaval, and Smith delayed the completion of his magnum opus so that he could include the Empire as the leading object of his policy contentions. But what he had to say was not what his readers expected, or wished, to hear.

Professor Lisa Hill, University of Adelaide

Lisa’s research interests are in political theory, history of political thought and issues in electoral law and behaviour. her most recent work explores political exclusion and inclusion, voter behaviour and correlates of voter turnout and issues in liberal democracy. Other projects focus on the history of the western political tradition, political corruption, human rights and the Scottish Enlightenment.

Professor Michael McLure, University of Western Australia

Michael McLure is a Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Western Australia. His research has focused on the history of economic thought in Italy. In that regard, he co-edited the English translation of Pareto’s Manual of Political Economy: A Critical and Variorum Edition (Oxford University Press, 2014, 2020); authored The Paretian School and Italian Fiscal Sociology (Palgrave-Macmillan 2007); and, in October 2020, he was awarded the Premio Galileo Galilei by the Fondazione Premio Internazionale Galileo Galilei dei Rotary Club Italiani for his contribution to the history of Italian economics. In November 2021 he was presented with the Austin Holmes Award from the WA Branch of the Economic Society of Australia for his contribution to economics in Western Australia.


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