Saturday, 17 February 2007

If you're in Christchurch on March 19...

In response to my post about how road charging would benefit road infrastructure and provides a free-market solution to today's traffic problems, I've been notified by Eric Crampton, a professor of Economics at Canterbury University, of an upcoming speech in Christchurch about the benefits of a user-pays road system. The man who will be delievering the speech is world-renowned free-market economist Mark Blaug, from the University of Amsterdam. Professor Mark Blaug is considered "the world's foremost scholar in the history of economic thought and economic methodology". He has worked with many important international economic and social organisations, such as the OECD, UNESCO, UNECAFE, UNDP, UNIDO, ILO, and the World Bank.

The speech will be for the annual "Condliffe Memorial Lecture", started in 2005, to give free-market economists around the world rewards for their hard work. The previous lectures were about, in 2005, how Wal-Mart is good for America by providing a wide range of products to (especially lower-class) Americans at a low-price. In 2006 the lecture was about how outsourcing is great.

The speech starts at 6pm, on March 19. Please check out the UC site for further information.


Crampton said...

Thanks for getting the word out about the Lecture!

We set up the Condliffe to bring great economists to Christchurch to tell us about their work; we're pretty proud of the folks we've been able to attract. I don't think they'd all necessarily describe themselves as strongly free-market, but the talks they've chosen to give us have emphasized the merits of markets and trade.

Callum said...

^^And hopefully that will give Canterbury University a pro-free-market reputation throughout NZ, and perhaps the world.