February Presentation

“Why Can’t Most Nations Develop? The Persistence of Poor Institutions.”

Dr. John Nye is a professor of economics at George Mason University (formally at Washington University in Saint Louis) and the Frederic Bastiat Chair in Political Economy at the Mercatus Center. Dr. Nye is an expert in the history of British and French economic development and the field of New Institutional Economics. His book, “War, Wine, and Taxes: The Political Economy of Anglo-French Trade, 1689-1900″ is a part of the impressive “Princeton Economic History of the Western World Series”. (I highly suggest you take the time to work through at least most of the titles in this series.)

Dr. Nye also publishes work on modern trade issues, illegal markets, and other topics. Dr. Nye received his B.S. from the California Institute of Technology and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. You can learn more about him on his George Mason University site and on his Mercatus Center site.

In addition to The Discussion Club, Dr. Nye will present at the University of Missouri at Saint Louis earlier in the day. He will discuss some of his research on biology, human capital and behavior.

January Presentation

“Just Friends: Questioning the Potential Merger of Saint Louis County and City”

Dr. William H. Rogers is an associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri at Saint Louis, as well as the president of The Discussion Club. Dr. Rogers research interests are in real estate and urban economics. His recent publications are focused on foreclosures and the impact on housing markets and household formation. Dr. Rogers is also a frequent contributor to local panels on Saint Louis economic development.

Dr. Rogers received his B.A. from Hasting College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Colorado State University. You can learn more about him on his professional site.

The Discussion Club’s New Location and Format

The goal of the Discussion Club is still to provide members the opportunity to hear leading intellectuals and engage in intellectual discussion and debate. The new format is intended to expand our audience to expose more people to the ideas presented here, while allowing for members to engage directly with speakers.

The new format will begin with a presentation and end with conversation and refreshments. Doors will open at 5:30, then I will introduce the speaker at 6:00 sharp. The presentation plus one or two questions from the audience will finish by 6:45. Members are invited to complementary hors d’oeuvres and drinks with the speaker from 7 to 8.

The transition from the open presentation to the exclusive cocktail hour is new, and I expect a few hiccups along the way. In order to reduce confusion all members will be required to wear an identifying badge. Mary Ann will provide the badge at beginning of each meeting.

The presentation will be open to the public free of charge. Members will pay an annual due of $100 per person. Family and corporate dues are no longer available; however, dinner fees are no longer assessed.

Our club will move to the Racquet Club Ladue, just a little East of the Hilton Frontenac. The Racquet Club will not assess a room charge. Yet, I believe you will find the Racquet Club’s facilitates equal to or superior to Hilton’s. The Racquet Club would not be a viable option without the support of Dr. and Mrs. Jonathan Dehner. I greatly appreciate their generosity.