Why Culture Matters Most for a Society’s Success

About the talk

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.

Center for the Study of Economic Liberty
Mason Hunt, MPA
Feb 7 2019 - 4:30pm
Computing Commons 120
Tempe campus