What we're about

AIER’s Bastiat Society program (https://www.aier.org/bastiatsociety) is a global network of business professionals who are committed to advancing free trade, individual freedom, and responsible governance. Our chapters host over 150 lectures, discussions, seminars, workshops, and conferences in over 17 countries each year.

The Bastiat Society began in 2004 in Charleston, South Carolina. Over the years, the meetings grew and similar discussion groups or business leaders saw an advantage to networking and co-branding and began to open chapters in their cities.

In 2017, the Bastiat Society was acquired by the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) to become their central outreach program geared toward the business community.

The Bastiat Society's events feature well-known academics and think-tank leaders from around the world. These speakers connect business people with new ideas that advance peaceful trade and human flourishing.

The Bastiat Society of Indianapolis (http://www.aier.org/bastiatsociety/indianapolis) is led by Jay Utterback of The Watermark Group (https://www.thewatermarkgrp.com/).

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Upcoming events (1)

"Economic Freedom: The Wealth and Health of Nations” with Robert Lawson

The University Club of Indianapolis

Please join AIER's Bastiat Society program in Indianapolis for a discussion about economic freedom with Robert Lawson, Professor of Economics at SMU. What is economic freedom? How do scholars try to measure it? And what are the consequences for social and economic well-being for countries with greater economic freedom compared to those with less?” Register here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eghfur94c89b0731&oseq=&c=&ch= _______________________ Schedule: 5:30pm: Reception 6:00pm - 7:00pm: Discussion 7:00pm - 7:30pm: Networking _______________________ More about the speaker: Dr. Robert Lawson is professor of practice and Jerome M. Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom and is director of the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business. He previously taught at Auburn University, Capital University, and Shawnee State University. Dr. Lawson is a co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World annual reports, which present an economic freedom index for over 150 countries. Lawson has numerous professional publications in journals including Public Choice, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Cato Journal, Kyklos, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, and European Journal of Political Economy. Lawson is past-president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He earned his PhD and MS in Economics from Florida State University and his BS in Economics from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University. Lawson's research has been cited over 8000 times according to Google Scholar. Lawson is married to the talented choreographer and writer, Tracy Lawson, and has one daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys playing vintage base ball, hiking, running, cooking, and watching sports of all kinds. He loves Cincinnati chili, the Bengals, and the Reds.

Past events (9)

"Eva: A-7063" Documentary Screening

Indiana Historical Society

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