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Capitalism and Inequality - Event Audio/Video

2016 National Student Symposium
Paul G. Mahoney, Dan McBride, Yaron Brook, Thomas B. Edsall, Jason Johnston, Steven Teles, Jerry E. Smith March 04, 2016

Free markets have exponentially improved the well-being of humanity and lifted more people out of poverty than any government program. But severe inequalities persist, and gaps have widened in the past thirty years. Is this a problem in and of itself? Or only to the extent it is caused by unfairly distorting the market with the help of government – so-called “crony capitalism" – as opposed to the inherently unique capabilities of each individual? How should the law be structured to ensure a level playing field?

This panel was presented at the 2016 National Student Symposium on Friday, February 26, 2016, at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Caplin Auditorium

  • Dean Paul Mahoney, Dean, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, and Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Introduction: Mr. Dan McBride, President, University of Virginia School of Law Student Chapter

Panel I: Capitalism and Inequality
Caplin Auditorium

  • Dr. Yaron Brook, Executive Director, The Ayn Rand Institute
  • Prof. Thomas Edsall, Adjunct Professor of Journalism, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
  • Prof. Jason Johnston, Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Prof. Steven Teles, Associate Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
  • Moderator: Hon. Jerry E. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, VA

A Conversation on Free Enterprise and Economic Development - Event Audio/Video

2016 Annual Florida Chapters Conference
Mark Wilson, Jesse Panuccio February 03, 2016

This panel was part of the 2016 Annual Florida Chapters Conference at Disney's Boardwalk Inn in Lake Buena Vista, FL on January 22-23, 2016.

A Conversation on Free Enterprise and Economic Development

  • Mr. Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Interviewer: Mr. Jesse Panuccio, Former Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Disney's Boardwalk Inn
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Changes in Markets and Foreign Competitors?

Short Video with Richard Epstein
Richard A. Epstein January 29, 2016

Professor Richard Epstein, Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, continues to give an brief history of unions and collective bargaining -- focusing on changes in markets resulting from globalization and discussing the instance of unions in the Japanese automobile industry.

Labor Unions: History of Unions and Collective Bargaining

Short Video with Richard Epstein
Richard A. Epstein January 29, 2016

Professor Richard Epstein, Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, gives a brief history of unions and collective bargaining - beginning with the New Deal and the industrial age and running through some of the changes in our economy over the last 80 years.