Liggio Lecture Series

In April 2013, at a special dinner in Leonard’s honor at the annual meeting of The Philadelphia Society, Atlas Network’s Alex Chafuen announced the creation of the Liggio Lecture Series, sponsored by the Earhart Foundation, Liberty Fund, and individual “Friends of Leonard.”

This annual program will spotlight some of the most promising younger scholars in the freedom movement in front of the worldwide audience that assembles for the Atlas Network Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner.


The 2016 Liggio Lecture was given by Lawrence H. White, Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He specializes in the theory and history of banking and money, and is best known for his work on free banking. He received his A.B. from Harvard and his M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He previously taught at New York University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Professor White is the author of The Clash of Economic Ideas (Cambridge, forthcoming); The Theory of Monetary Institutions (Basil Blackwell, 1999); Free Banking in Britain (2nd ed., Institute of Economic Affairs, 1995; 1st ed. Cambridge, 1984), and Competition and Currency (NYU, 1989). He is the editor of F. A. Hayek, The Pure Theory of Capital (Chicago, 2007); The History of Gold and Silver (3 vols., Pickering and Chatto, 2000); Free Banking (3 vols., Edward Elgar, 1993); The Crisis in American Banking (NYU, 1993); William Leggett, Democratick Editorials (Liberty Press, 1984); and other volumes. His articles on monetary theory and banking history have appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, and other leading professional journals.

Click here to read Dr. White’s full speech.

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