Larry White will visit Copenhagen soon (Hurray!)

One of the greatest living monetary historians professor Larry White will be visiting Copenhagen in less than two weeks.

I am personally a huge fan of Larry and his work – particularly his work on the history of Free Banking, but for those of my readers who for some odd reason do not know Larry then here is his bio (stolen from Cato Institute):

Lawrence H. White is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, and professor of economics at George Mason University since 2009. An expert on banking and monetary policy, he is the author of The Clash of Economic Ideas (Cambridge University Press, 2012), The Theory of Monetary Institutions (Basil Blackwell, 1999), Free Banking in Britain (2nd ed., Institute of Economic Affairs, 1995), and Competition and Currency (NYU Press, 1989). He is co-editor of Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution (Cato Institute, forthcoming), and editor of The History of Gold and Silver (3 vols., Pickering and Chatto, 2000), Free Banking (3 vols., Edward Elgar, 1993), and The Crisis in American Banking (NYU Press, 1993). His articles on monetary theory and banking history have appeared in the American Economic Review,Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, and other leading professional journals.

White received the 2008 Distinguished Scholar Award of the Association for Private Enterprise Education. He has been a visiting research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, a visiting lecturer at the Swiss National Bank, and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.  He is a co-editor of the online journal Econ Journal Watch, and hosts bimonthly podcasts for EJW Audio. He is and a member of the Financial Markets Working Group of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.  He currently blogs at

White holds a BA in economics from Harvard College and a PhD in economics from UCLA.

Other than his work on Free Banking Larry has written a fantastic book on the history of economic thinking. The Clash of Economic Ideas ,which was published in 2012 is one of the best books on economics I have read in the last couple of years and is highly recommend.

So I am very happy that we are getting Larry to Copenhagen very soon. He will be speaking at two events in Copenhagen. One at the CEPOS think tank (see here) and one event at the University of Copenhagen (See here).

I am personally particularly looking forward to his lecture at the University of Copenhagen on June 14.

The title of the lecture is “The History of Free Banking and the Gold Standard, and their Relevance for the Future”. I highly recommend any with interest in monetary theory, policy and history to participate in this seminar.

For more information regarding the seminars please contact Head of Research at CEPOS Otto Brøns-Petersen or me (lc@mamoadvisory).


Bob Hetzel speaking at CEPOS

See Bob Hetzel’s recent presentation at the Danish free market think tank CEPOS here.

Dinner with Bob Chitester

I don’t have a lot of time for blogging this week as I will be busy with a number of dinner arrangements – both fun and business.

Tonight I had dinner with Bob Chitester and other like-minded people. Bob was responsible as executive producer for Milton Friedman’s landmark PBS series “Free To Choose”. I am very happy to have met Bob today. Bob not only produced “Free to Choose” but he was also is the guy who convinced Friedman to do the series and as a consequence Bob truly changed the course of my life as the book that followed the TV series got me hooked on Friedman’s ideas at an age of 16 years or so back in the 1980s. People that know me would clearly acknowledge that I have not stopped talking about Friedman and monetary theory ever since then.

Bob had some wonderful anecdotes about “Uncle Milt”. Milton Friedman not only was a great economist and educator, but also a great sales man of his ideas – both economic and political.

Talking to Bob reminded me yet again of how important it is to “sell” the message in the right way. Milton Friedman of course was second to none in terms of that – what I have called a Pragmatic Revolutionary.

Milton Friedman of course would have turned 100 years this year. I look forward to celebrating him all through the year.

I want to thanks Bob for a great night and thanks to the Danish Free Market think tank CEPOS for arranging the event tonight.

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