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Institute for the Study of Capitalism
Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism


About Us

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C. Bradley Thompson, Executive Director
Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism

There is no question today more urgent and that deserves greater attention than this: Is capitalism a just and moral system?

At the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, our mission is to explore the moral foundations of capitalism. In pursuit of this mission, we work with students, the academic community and the general public to increase public awareness of capitalism's core principles and institutions.

Brad Thompson class Teaching

In addition to our Lyceum Scholars Program, each year the Clemson Institute teaches 600 - 800 students in up to 20 different courses.

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Faculty members affiliated with the Clemson Institute regularly publish books and in academic journals. Each year, we host a Hayek Visiting Scholar to help develop the careers of junior researchers.

Speaker in auditorium Outreach

The Clemson Institute hosts the largest public lecture series at Clemson University. Past speakers include Jordan Peterson, Dave Rubin, George F. Will, Tyler Cowen, Richard Epstein, Lawrence W. Reed and Alan Charles Kors.

Faculty Books


The Institute was founded on the belief that scholarship regarding morality, politics and economics must rigorously adhere to reality and human nature. We, therefore, examine how certain ideas actually work in practice and whether those ideas produce freedom, opportunity and prosperity for those who affirm them. View Books by Institute Faculty on Amazon.

Academic Advisory Council

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Gary S. Becker

University of Chicago
Winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Economics

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Robert B. Ekelund

Auburn University

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Richard A. Epstein

University of Chicago Law School

Kenneth French

Kenneth R. French

Dartmouth College

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Robert P. George

Princeton University

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Alan Charles Kors

University of Pennsylvania

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Harvey C. Mansfield

Harvard University

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Tara Smith

The University of Texas

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Vernon Smith

Chapman University
Winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics

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Gordon S. Wood

Brown University
Winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for History

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