Liberty, understood through free markets, limited government, and the rule of law, is exemplified in the writings of Adam Smith.

Adam Smith’s Enlightened World is a project of Liberty Fund made possible by the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Begin an exploration of the Smithian tradition of “natural liberty” in an interactive experience of one of his most famous examples; the pin factory, and browse an assortment of online content centered around Adam Smith.

Life & Times | Explore the ideas of Adam Smith organized by theme. Multimedia resources (video, audio, animations, and essays) highlight the context and importance of Smith in his own time and how his insightful contributions apply to our world today.

Text Repository | Discover new insights from Adam Smith’s groundbreaking works, The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations. Online versions of Smith’s texts, along with the writings of related thinkers are available in a digital and mobile-responsive format.

Educational Resources | Learn practical, real-world applications of Adam Smith’s ideas using resources aimed to assist in understanding and teaching Smithian concepts such as the division of labor, moral sentiments, benefits of trade, and the invisible hand.

Scholars’ Portal | Research of Adam Smith’s work in economics, philosophy, political economy, psychology, scientific inquiry and other areas is ongoing. Academics interested in learning how to be involved with this project as a Smithian Scholar should click here to learn how to apply.

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AdamSmithWorks February 22, 2020

Trade for the Win!

This lesson allows students to experience the benefits of trade that Adam Smith wrote about in An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.  figcaption class"attachment__caption"/figcaption Students participate in a trade simulation that measures the variation in benefits received (utility) in a variety of rounds from no trade to free trade.  

AdamSmithWorks February 21, 2020

Essential Scholars: Adam Smith

A book and video series available at no cost from the Fraser Institute.

AdamSmithWorks February 21, 2020

The Invisible Hand

A video and lesson plan from

AdamSmithWorks February 21, 2020

Book I, Chapter V

Chapter V: Of the Real and Nominal Price of Commodities

AdamSmithWorks February 21, 2020

Book I, Chapter IV

Chapter IV: Of the Origin and Use of Money

AdamSmithWorks February 21, 2020

Book I, Chapter III

Chapter III: That the Division of Labor is Limited by the Extent of the Market

AdamSmithWorks February 21, 2020

About Our Reading Guides

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Book I, Chapter II

Chapter II: Of the Principle which gives Occasion to the Division of Labor

AdamSmithWorks February 21, 2020

WN Reading Guide: Book I

Of the Causes of Improvement in the productive Powers of Labour, and of the Order according to which its Produce is naturally distributed among the different Ranks of the People

AdamSmithWorks February 21, 2020

Chapter 1: Of the Division of Stock

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