DVDs

The Intellectual Portrait Series presents in-depth conversations with some of the world’s leading academics in economics, political thought, law, and more. Liberty Fund also makes available detailed educational documentaries on Adam Smith and F. A. Hayek and features historical overviews of the Industrial Revolution, Hong Kong, and the Constitution of the United States.

  • Adam Smith and the Wealth of Nations (DVD)

    by Liberty Fund

    In 1776, Adam Smith, the great Scottish economist and moral philosopher, published his classic work, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. This DVD is an introduction to modern economics and the importance of free markets. The DVD is narrated by Dr. Benjamin A. Rogge of Wabash College and was prepared with the advice of…

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  • Austrian and Neoclassical Economics (DVD)

    by Sherwin Rosen

    In celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of Friedrich von Hayek’s birth, Liberty Fund and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago present The Legacy of Friedrich von Hayek, a DVD series of seven lectures from outstanding scholars of Hayek’s work. The host and moderator for the lectures is the Chairman of the Committee on Social Thought,…

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  • A Conversation with Anna Schwartz (DVD)

    by Anna Schwartz

    In one of the most long-lasting and influential careers in economics, Anna Schwartz has made profound contributions to statistics, economic history, monetary policy, and international monetary arrangements. Coauthor with Milton Friedman of A Monetary History of the United States, 1867–1960, Schwartz transformed our understanding of the causes of the Great Depression and radically altered our outlook on the effects of…

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  • A Conversation with Anthony de Jasay (DVD)

    by Anthony de Jasay

    Anthony de Jasay is among the most original and independent thinkers on the relationship between the individual and the state. Through his published works he has challenged the reigning paradigms justifying modern democratic government. His deeply challenging theoretical works include The State, published in 1985; it is an analysis that views the state as acting primarily in its own interests…

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  • A Conversation with Armen A. Alchian (DVD)

    by Armen A. Alchian

    Armen A. Alchian is one of the twentieth century’s great teachers of economic science and the co-author, with William R. Allen, of the classic textbook University Economics. Born in 1914 in Fresno, California, he studied at Stanford, finishing his Ph.D. dissertation in 1943. He became a full professor at UCLA in 1958. He is known as the founder of the…

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  • A Conversation with Arnold Harberger (DVD)

    by Arnold Harberger

    Distinguished Professor of Economics at UCLA and the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Economics at the University of Chicago, Arnold C. Harberger has been a dominant force in the development of global economic policies. From India to Chile, from Panama to Azerbaijan, Harberger’s research and on-the-ground engagement with leaders of finance, industry, and government…

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  • A Conversation with Ernest van den Haag (DVD)

    by Ernest van den Haag

    Ernest van den Haag was born in Holland and came to the United States in 1940. He has published a number of works, including The Fabric of Society; The Jewish Mystique; and Political Violence and Civil Disobedience. In 1975, he published Punishing Criminals: Concerning a Very Old and Painful Question, which established van den Haag as one of the leading…

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  • A Conversation with Forrest McDonald (DVD)

    by Forrest McDonald

    One of the most original and influential historians writing on the American founding period, Forrest McDonald speaks here about his life and the development of his work. In candid reflections, McDonald analyzes his intellectual formation in Texas in the 1950s and how he came to write his landmark We the People: The Economic Origins of the Constitution, which upset the…

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  • A Conversation with Gary S. Becker (DVD)

    by Gary S. Becker

    Gary Becker is one of the most original and pathbreaking economists in recent times. When he was named the 1992 Nobel laureate in Economic Sciences, it was for “having extended the domain of microeconomic analysis to a wide range of human behaviour and interaction, including nonmarket behaviour.” Becker’s work led directly to the development of “human capital” theory and the…

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  • A Conversation with George W. Carey (DVD)

    by George Carey

    One of the most influential contributors to American political thought in the last half-century, George W. Carey speaks here about some of his primary and abiding concerns, including: the foundations of political order, the origins and intent of the American republic, and the ultimate crisis of “derailment” befalling the republic. Author of The Federalist: Design for a Constitutional Republic and…

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  • A Conversation with Harold Demsetz (DVD)

    by Harold Demsetz

    A professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago in the 1960s and a primary figure in the Chicago School of Economics and in the field of Law and Economics, Harold Demsetz has contributed original research on the theory of the firm, regulation in markets, industrial organization, antitrust policy, transactions costs, externalities, and property rights. A…

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  • A Conversation with Harry Jaffa (DVD)

    by Harry Jaffa

    Harry Jaffa is a leading political philosopher and among the most influential scholars on Abraham Lincoln. His classic Crisis of the House Divided is a study of the Lincoln-Douglas debates that examines closely Lincoln’s defense of the principles of the American Founding and Union. Jaffa’s recent sequel to that work, A New Birth of Freedom, explores further the basis for…

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