Together with his historical research on education, E.G. West was also a recognised scholar on the life and work of Adam Smith. He was therefore well placed to comment on the classical economists views on education and in this 20 minute talk he critically examines the views of both Thomas Paine and Adam Smith on this important subject.
Adam Smith on Education, James B Stanfield, Economic Affairs
Classical Libertarian Compromises on State Education, E.G. West, The Freeman 46(10), 1996
Tom Paine’s Voucher Scheme for Education (pdf), E.G. West, Southern Economic Journal, January 1967
Liberty and Education: John Stuart Mill’s Dilemma (pdf), E.G. West, Philosophy, April 1965
Private versus Public Education: A Classical Economic Dispute (pdf), E.G. West, Journal of Political Economy, October 1964