Free Market Forum

2006 Archives | Hillsdale, Michigan

In the fall of 2006, Hillsdale College hosted the first Free Market Forum on “The Role of Markets and Governments in Pursuing the Common Good.” The program included presentations by Rev. Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute, Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago Law School, and author George Gilder. In addition, four panel discussions covered a wide range of topics that incorporated free market strategies.

The Free Market Forum seeks to encourage the study of free enterprise. Consequently, over 50 invitees, including faculty members from colleges and universities around the country with ties to the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities or the Acton Institute, attended as guests of the Free Market Forum. Included in this group were representatives from ten state-based policy centers. These scholars and state policy leaders came together for a dynamic exchange of information, to enhance the discussions at the colloquium, and to encourage the exchange of ideas in the future.

The papers from the Free Market Forum 2006 are available online and as downloadable PDFs. Click the titles below for either option. 

Please note that all of the talks are available in audio format from Hillsdale College. Please call 1-800-437-2268.

“Free Economies and the Common Good”
Rev. Robert A. Sirico, Acton Institute

Panel 1 -- The Rise of the U.S. to Economic Superpower

Panel 2 -- The Great Depression and the New Deal

“Progressivism's Critique of Free Markets”
Richard Epstein, New York University

Panel 3 -- The Role of the Federal Reserve

Panel 4 -- Globalization and the U.S. Economy

“Wealth and Poverty: A 2006 Update”
George Gilder