Economic Inquiry and the Open Society in the Thought of Ronald Coase


This conference examined the thinking of Ronald Coase as it pertains to his understanding of the definition of the field of economics, revealing through both published and unpublished private sources, his developing and highly sophisticated notions of self-interest, bias, and scientific analysis. Through these sources we hoped to elucidate how the economic foundations of a free society might optimally be understood in their practical, historical, and theoretical aspects.


Conference Readings

Beveridge Committee. Report of the Broadcasting Committee, 1949. London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1951.

Fabian Society meeting documents of July 13, 1949: Agenda and Ronald Coase’s memo regarding the Beveridge Committee (unpublished documents from the London School of Economics Archives).

Testimony of Ronald H. Coase, Professor of Economics, University of Virginia, to the Federal Communications Commission, Friday, December 11, 1959

A collection of unpublished archival materials regarding the 1960 Thomas Jefferson Center [TJC] grant proposal to the Ford Foundation:

Coase, R. H., Letter to Dean Edward W. Barrett of November 25, 1968.

Coase, R. H. “The Beveridge Report and Private Enterprise in Broadcasting.” The Owl: A Quarterly Journal of International Thought 3 (1951): 31-36.

Coase, R. H. “The Lighthouse in Economics.” Journal of Law and Economics 17, no. 2 (October 1974): 357-376.

Coase, R. H. British Broadcasting: A Study in Monopoly. New York: Routledge, 2013 [1950].

Coase, R. H. “Rowland Hill and the Penny Post.” Economica (November 1939): 423-435.

Coase, R. H. “Wire Broadcasting in Great Britain.” Economica (August 1948): 194-220.

Coase, R. H. and Edward W. Barrett. Educational TV: Who Should Pay? Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1968.

Coase, R.H. “Marshall on Method.” Journal of Law and Economics 18, no. 1 (April 1975): 25-31.

Coase, Ronald. Essays on Economics and Economists. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

Coase, Ronald. “The Market for Goods and the Market for Ideas.” The American Economic Review 64, no. 2 (1974): 384-391.

Rand, Ayn. “Ideas v. Goods.” The Ayn Rand Letter III, no. 11 (February 25, 1974): 295-299.

Rand, Ayn. “Ideas v. Men.” The Ayn Rand Letter III, no. 15 (April 22, 1974): 315-320.