Conspicuous Consumption and the Economic Theory of Thorstein Veblen

The harsh reality of a Minnesotan Economist

Date & Time:

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Registration:

Admission:

A light lunch will be served for those who pre-register by November 20th.

Location:

Center for Catholic Studies, Sitzmann Hall Room 207

Presented by Dr. Monica Hartmann, Chair of Economics University of St. Thomas

Presented by Dr. Monica Hartmann, Chair of Economics University of St. Thomas

The first truly American economist was the son of a Norwegian immigrant family in the Midwest, Thorstein Veblen. He described the savage reality of the robber barons’ version of capitalism and discovered phenomena that are still valid today, like conspicuous consumption, the manager, the centrality of the business enterprise, and others that have again acquired importance in our days. He is also associated with institutionalism. His Christianity is rather a cultural veneer than an inspiring force in his life but his grasp of reality points us toward the importance of truth and reason for faith.

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