123: Vernon Smith on Life During the Great Depression and World War II, Overcoming Adversity and Life as an Economist


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Dr. Vernon L. Smith was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2002 for his groundbreaking work in experimental economics.

He has joint appointments with the Argyros School of Business & Economics and the Fowler School of Law, and is part of a team that will create and run the new Economic Science Institute at Chapman.

Dr. Smith has authored or co-authored more than 300 articles and books on capital theory, finance, natural resource economics and experimental economics.

In this episode, Professor Smith discusses:

  • What life was like growing up in Wichita, Kansas during the Great Depression.
  • How he was schooled during his early formative years by an immigrant German teacher.
  • The roles of his parents in influencing Vernon’s beliefs, morals and hard working ethics.
  • His role during World War II as an employee of Boeing.
  • A story of overcoming adversity and being exposed to innovation and entrepreneurial activity.
  • How electrification during the Roosevelt Administration in the 1930s ended the use of the Coleman Lamp for famers but how Coleman Lamps pivoted to deal with this structural shift.
  • How he found his way in studying economics and his influencers at that time.
  • We find out about Vernon’s discovery of a competitive equilibrium in an oral outcry auction without participants requiring complete or even prior knowledge resulting in his award of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.
  • His invitation to unveil a statue of Adam Smith in Edinburgh
  • Who he would like to meet if he could time travel
  • Books he’d recommend and much more.

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