LFMI to Hold a Colloquium on Interdisciplinary Arguments on Scarcity, Morality and Public Policy

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Vilnius, Artis Hotel


November 17th, 2016

The goals of the colloquium are to advance interdisciplinary perspectives on liberty, morality and free markets based on research across a range of disciplines, including philosophy, theology, psychology, sociology, and economics. The colloquium will consist of four topic-specific sessions, on monetary policy, the welfare state, labour market policy, and the nanny state. Each session will be led by a discussion leader. Readings will be distributed to participants in advance of the colloquium.

The colloquium will start with a presentation of the results of recent interdisciplinary research on the phenomenon of scarcity, embracing philosophy, theology, anthropology, psychology, sociology, economics, and economic history. It will offer a unique framework for an interdisciplinary perspective on the links between scarcity as one of the three causes of being and a catalyst of change with liberty and morality. An innovative interdisciplinary approach to the study of the core economic concept of scarcity and fundamental economic institutes of property, exchange, profit, money, and competition will be elaborated.

The discussion will focus on the assumptions behind government policies about particular concerns and tensions they are designed to address and will explore their implications for man and the understanding of the reality, self-esteem, dignity, motivations, responsibility, and personal development. Interdisciplinary arguments in favor of solutions that are in line with inherent properties of human nature (temporariness, limitedness, fallibility, sociality, etc.) and the order of being and immanent characteristics of the world (scarcity of time and resources, uncertainty and unforeseeability) will be discussed.

Apply for this Colloquium on Interdisciplinary Arguments on Scarcity, Morality and Public Policy by filling out this form no later than October 25, 2016.




9:00 – 9:20     Welcome and Introductions. Živinas Šilėnas, Lithuanian Free Market Institute

9:20 – 10:10   How does the study of scarcity transform approaches to public policy analysis? Elena Leontjeva, Lithuanian Free Market Institute

10:10-10:30     Coffee break

10:30 – 12:00 Session 1 Monetary policy. Discussion leader Vytautas Žukaukas, Lithuanian Free Market Institute

12:00-13:10     Lunch break

13:10 – 14:40 Session 2 Nanny State. Discussion leader John Meadowcroft, King’s College London, UK

14:40 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00-16:30     Session 3 Entitlement policy. Discussion leader Philip Booth, St. Mary’s University, UK

16:30 – 16:50  Coffee break

16:50-18:20     Session 4 Labour market policy. Discussion leader Alex Chafuen, Atlas Network

18:20 – 18:30  Closing remarks. Živinas Šilėnas, Lithuanian Free Market Institute

Grants of up to EUR 200 will be offered to cover travel costs. Accommodation and meals will be provided by LFMI.

The colloquium is funded with a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.