Conversations with Tyler: A Conversation with Luigi Zingales

Tyler Cowen explores the world of ideas in one-on-one dialogues with today’s top thinkers.

Sep 09, 2015Sep 10, 2015
Founders Hall Auditorium Arlington Campus at George Mason University 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

Event Speakers

Tyler Cowen

Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University

Luigi Zingales

Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business 

Event Video

Luigi Zingales, one of the world’s foremost thinkers on financial development and capitalism, will join Tyler Cowen for a wide-ranging, intellectual dialogue as part of the Conversations with Tyler series.

Zingales, listed among Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2012, emerged in the early 2000s as a leading voice for how to reform and restore faith in American-style capitalism. In an age of crises, cronyism, and widespread distrust in the virtues of markets, his thoughts on how to save capitalism from itself have never resonated so strongly. 

Zingales is a finance and entrepreneurship professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the author of two widely-reviewed books, Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists (2003) and A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity (2012) —a book that Forbes called “unquestionably insightful and thought-provoking” and the Financial Times noted as a “stimulating” work. Cowen, too, acclaimed Zingales’ A Capitalism for the People as one of the most important books for a “popular audience of non-economists."

Zingales' research interests span from corporate governance to financial development, from political economy to the economic effects of culture. Currently, he is involved in developing the best interventions to cope with the aftermath of the financial crisis. He also co-developed the Financial Trust Index, which is designed to monitor the level of trust that Americans have toward their financial system. His research has earned him the 2003 Bernácer Prize for the best young European financial economist, the 2002 Nasdaq award for best paper in capital formation, and a National Science Foundation Grant in economics.