Book Forum

The Wealth Explosion: The Nature and Origins of Modernity

(Edward Everett Root, 2019)

May 23, 2019 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT

Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

Featuring the author Stephen Davies, Head of Education, Institute of Economic Affairs; with comments by Jack A. Goldstone, Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr. Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University; moderated by Ryan Bourne, R. Evan Scharf Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics, Cato Institute.

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How did the modern dynamic economy, filled with wealth and opportunity, come about?

In his new book, The Wealth Explosion: The Nature and Origins of Modernity, Stephen Davies examines the surprising, fundamental, and continuing processes of innovation and transformation that have produced the world we live in today.

Exploring the academic literature and competing theories, he seeks to answer three questions of fundamental importance to any economist or historian: How and why is the world different today than that faced by our ancestors? What explains why this transformation began in northwestern Europe about 240 years ago? And, given this, can the modern dynamic economy endure?

Join us on May 23 for a Cato book forum, where Dr. Davies will present the key insights of his work, with expert commentary from renowned sociologist, political scientist, and world historian Jack A. Goldstone from George Mason University.