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When Adam Smith wrote that all actions stem from self-interest and that the world turns because of financial gain he brought to life ‘economic man’. Yet every night Adam Smith’s mother served him his dinner, not out of self-interest but out of love. Today, our Economics focuses on self-interest and excludes all other motivations. Current Economics disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking. It insists that if women are paid less, then that is because their labour is worth less. Swedish economist and journalist Katrine Marçal challenges this notion in her ambitious new book Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?
Join us to welcome Marçal as she takes on the case of the ‘economic man’ and seeks to chart its demise from Smith’s time to the financial crisis.
Expect a night of controversy and lively debate!