The American economy is no longer growing as it once did. From the end of World War II through 1980, the GDP of the United States grew 3.3 percent each year on average. In the 35 years that followed, GDP growth fell, yet there was enormous technological innovation, including the emergence of venture capital, the personal computer, the Internet, and the iPhone. High-growth, high-technology firms now account for one-fifth of the value of U.S.
On April 21-22, we gathered over three-hundred student and professional members, along with a program of prominent business and thought leaders to discuss free markets and institutions at our Fifth Annual National Meeting.
On Tuesday, the Smith Soc Wharton chapter hosted Jason Riley (center) of the Manhattan Institute and Wall Street Journal along with University of Pennsylvania Professor Theodore Hershberg (left), for a spirited discussion about issues surrounding education reform, particularly those affecting the African American community.
On Thursday April 13th, several of Smith Soc's Boston-area chapters and members - the Boston professional chapter, the MIT Sloan chapter, and the affiliated students at Harvard Business School - welcomed former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
On Tuesday, April 4th, the Adam Smith Society chapter at Duke University Fuqua School of Business welcomed entrepreneur and angel investor Christina Bechhold to campus. She is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Empire Angels, a venture capital and angel investing firm.
On Friday March 31st, Smith Soc members from our chapter at the Brandeis International Business School made a Trek last week to New York City to explore Wall Street and Midtown firsthand, and meet directly with several Smith Soc alumni.
At a mid-day luncheon at the Penn Club, Brandeis members met with three Smith Soc alumni:
The Smith Soc chapter at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business hosted a debate on trade issues on Monday, March 27. Manhattan Institiue fellow Oren Cass and John K. Veroneau, a partner at Covington & Burling LLP. The debate was hosted by Georgetown professor J. Bradford Jensen.
The Smith Soc chapter at the MIT Sloan School of Management hosted noted conservative intellectual and policy expert Yuval Levin on Thursday, March 16, for a wide-ranging discussion centering on health care reform.