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"Moral Consequences of Economic Growth" Is Subject of Pomona College Event

Benjamin Friedman, professor of political economy at Harvard University, will give a lecture on “The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth” on Thursday, March 8.

The talk is based on Friedman’s 2005 critically acclaimed book, The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth. Publishers Weekly reviewed the book as “a lucid, judiciously reasoned call for renewed attention to broad-based economic advancement.” The New Yorker noted that Friedman “employs broad historical and geographical perspectives to argue that a nation's democratic institutions flourish best in times of stable economic growth …Friedman argues for decisive steps to limit budget deficits and for investment in programs that support broad-based growth.”

He is also the author of Day of Reckoning: the Consequences of American Economic Policy under Reagan and After (1988), which was awarded the George S. Eccles Prize from Columbia University for excellence in writing about economics.

This lecture is sponsored by the Pomona College Hart Institute for American History and begins at 11 a.m. at Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). For further information, call: (909) 607-9435.

The Hart Institute for American History was established at Pomona College in 2000. The institute’s purpose is to ground the study of broad and abiding themes in American history in the close reading of primary documents, a term defined broadly to include such sources as photographs, music, material culture, and literary works, as well as traditional historical sources.