2021-2022 COMPAS Program: Markets and the Open Society

"Markets and the Open Society" logo

Markets have many benefits for an open society. As engines of economic growth, markets extend the frontiers of human well-being. As sites of innovation, markets expand the bounds of human capabilities. As a non-coercive means of coordinating behavior, markets diminish the threat of tyranny.

However, markets also pose challenges for an open society. The concentration of economic power threatens to restrict individual opportunity, stifle innovation, and distort public discourse. A one-sided emphasis on economic growth and material gain threatens to limit our moral horizons and degrade the natural environment. The extension of markets into areas like education, health care, and criminal justice threatens to undermine the distinct ends that those institutions are designed to promote.

The Markets and the Open Society COMPAS Program will explore a wide range of ethical questions that are raised by the relationship between markets and the open society. We welcome partnerships; please contact cehv@osu.edu with proposals.

This COMPAS program is being organized by Professors Eric MacGilvray (Political Science; COMPAS Coordinator) and Piers Norris Turner (Philosophy; CEHV Director).


More events and information will be added soon. Please check back!


September 17, 2021 - Colloquium: Markets and the Workplace 

Zoom webinar - VIDEO

Panelists: Oren Cass (Executive Director, American Compass), Arindrajit Dube (Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst); moderator Benjamin McKean (Political Science, Ohio State)


October 8, 2021 - Colloquium: Markets and the Family 

Thompson Library 165, plus livestream - VIDEO

Panelists: Ann Cudd (Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh), Maxine Eichner (Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); moderator Lyn Tjon Soei Len (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State)


October 29, 2021 - Colloquium: Are Markets Liberating? 

Zoom webinar

Panelists: Felicia Wong (President and CEO, Roosevelt Institute), Matt Zwolinski (Philosophy, University of San Diego); moderator Eric MacGilvray (Political Science, Ohio State)


January 28, 2022 - Conference: Are Markets Progressive? 

Thompson Library 11th floor

Confirmed panelists: Darrick Hamilton (Economics and Urban Policy, The New School), Ryan Muldoon (Philosophy, University of Buffalo), Richard Reeves (Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution)

Additional panelist and moderators TBA


March 4, 2022 - Conference: The Value of Open Society 

Thompson Library 11th floor

Confirmed panelists: Jennifer Forestal (Political Science, Loyola University Chicago), Michael Neblo (Political Science, Ohio State University), Allison Stanger (International Politics and Economics, Middlebury College), John Thrasher (Philosophy, Chapman University)

Moderators TBA


April 8, 2022 - Forum: Can Markets be Immoral?

Thompson Library 165

Panelists: Peter Jaworski (Business, Georgetown University) and Debra Satz (Philosophy, Stanford University)

Moderator TBA