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.

Further reading

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