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Dr. Caley Horan: Insurance and Neoliberalism in the Post WWII United States

December 19, 2017 – Insurance and Neoliberalism in America

As part of our ongoing conversation series with the Johns Hopkins Seminar in American Capitalism, we talk with MIT History Professor Dr. Caley Horan about her book project, Actuarial Age: Insurance and the Emergence of Neoliberalism in the Post WWII United States. Horan’s work explores how insurance and risk-based economics helped shape the neo-liberal world we now inhabit. I had never before considered how private insurance has undermined social safety nets and help build Capitalism since WWII, and I found our discussion to be eye-opening.