Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. is the founder and President of the Ruth Institute — a project of the National Organization for Marriage — which seeks to promote life-long married love to college students by creating an intellectual and social climate favorable to marriage.
She is also the Senior Research Fellow in Economics at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty.
She is the author of Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love in a Hook-up World, (2005) and Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn’t Work (2001), recently reissued in paperback, as Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village.
Dr. Morse served as a Research Fellow for Stanford University’s Hoover Institution from 1997-2005. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester in 1980 and spent a postdoctoral year at the University of Chicago during 1979-80. She taught economics at Yale University and George Mason University for 15 years.
The study of economics is anti-postmodern – there is objective truth independent of what people think
The study of economics believes in fixed principles of human nature
Economics studies the allocation of scarce resources that have alternative uses
Economics studies how people exchange resources
How both people who engage in a voluntary trade always believe that they will be better off
How both people who engage in a voluntary trade both benefit from the exchange
How incentives motivate people to act
Understanding supply and demand
Understanding how “free” government services are rationed
Understanding opportunity costs
How prices signal producers to produce more or less, and consumers to buy or not buy
Market-driven prices versus price controls
The role of substitution
The necessity of allowing failure in a free market
The requirements of economic growth:
the profit motive
entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation
the rule of law
If you want to learn more about basic economics, I recommend picking up a book or two by Thomas Sowell – the first book I usually give away is “Intellectuals and Society”, and then next “Basic Economics”.
The first two talks were given to 110 lawyers in training at an Alliance Defense Fund event. I highly recommend them. If you like informed, passionate advocates of social conservatism who are also experts in libertarian economics, then you’ll enjoy these podcasts!
(June 12, 2009) Dr. J guest-lectures on the economic and societal impact of marriage and sex. This talk, delivered at the Blackstone Legal Fellowship in Phoenix, is a little over an hour long. Its companion talk was podcast on June 23, 2009.
(June 12, 2009) Dr. J guest-lectures on the recent Iowa Supreme Court ruling on homosexual marriage. This talk, delivered at the Blackstone Legal Fellowship in Phoenix, is a little over an hour long. Its companion talk is podcast on September 2, 2009.
(August 25, 2009) Ignorance = Informed Consent? Dr J sheds some light on this troubling trend, the groups behind it, and how mothers and children are losing out. (Note: this program is about Oklahoma overturning the law that requires doctors to conduct an ultrasound before performing an abortion.
(August 19, 2009) Dr J appears on Issues, Etc to discuss the Obama Justice Department’s impending defense of DoMA. She also shines some light on the strategies of the homosexual movement as they attempt to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.
(September 1, 2009) Vermont becomes the 4th state to legalize homosexual marriage. Dr J and Todd Wilken discuss how it happened, the next target(s) of the homosexual lobby, and why it’s so important for supporters of traditional marriage to respond.