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This lecture explains why culture – not genes, geography, institutions, or policies – is the key to achieving mass flourishing. Culture therefore best explains the differential success of societies. Unlike anything else, culture overcome the most fundamental obstacle to having a thriving free market democracy: rational self-interest undermining the common good.About the speaker
Dave Rose is a professor of economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His work focuses on the influence of ethics and culture on the evolution of economic behavior, economic systems, political systems, and the law. In addition to a variety of scholarly articles he has written two books: "The Moral Foundation of Economic Behavior" (2011) and "Why Culture Matters Most" (2019). He frequently contributes to policy debates through public speaking, media interviews, and Op-Eds in outlets like the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Word on Business, The School Choice Advocate, Forbes, The Washington Times and The Christian Science Monitor. He is a member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. His bachelor’s degree is from Missouri State University and his PhD is from the University of Virginia.