Congratulations to Professor Steven Horwitz, the 2020 recipient of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Julian L. Simon Memorial Award! Each year, the CEI pays tribute to free-market economist Julian Simon by presenting this award to an individual whose work supports Simon’s vision of human ingenuity as the ultimate resource. Simon famously won his bet with doomsayer Paul Ehrlich in 1980 that the price of five metals would decline over a decade even if the world’s population grew.
Professor Horwitz is Director of the Institute for the Study of Political Economy and Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise in the Department of Economics at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is the author of four books, including most recently Austrian Economics: An Introduction (2020) and Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions (2015).
Past honorees include Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith (an MEI Honorary Senior Fellow) and University of Toronto Mississauga Professor Pierre Desrochers (an MEI Associate Researcher). For more on Vernon Smith—as well as Professor Deirdre McCloskey, another past honoree—see the MEI booklet 18 Essential Classical Liberal Thinkers.