Competitive Enterprise Institute to Bestow 2021 Julian L. Simon Memorial Award at September Events

The Competitive Enterprise Institute today announced a new in-person event for September: the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award Dinner, followed the next day by a special brunch and summit. The event will be held at the REACH at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a beautiful new venue in Washington, D.C.

The September 21st event keynote speaker will be Tim Harford, Financial Times columnist, BBC broadcaster, “Cautionary Tales” podcast host, and author of nine books including The Data Detective.

The 2021 Julian L. Simon Memorial Award winner is William Easterly, Professor of Economics at New York University, Co-Director of the NYU Development Research Institute, and author of three books including The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor.

“Through these events, the Competitive Enterprise Institute will explore the vital importance of market solutions to the most challenging problems facing us today,” said Kent Lassman, CEI President. “Our speaker, Tim Harford, has an extraordinary ability to bring to life the interplay of economic principles and innovation.” 

The Simon award is CEI’s highest honor and well-earned by this year’s recipient. “Bill Easterly combines rigorous field work with unimpeachable academic analysis to demonstrate the moral value of local, immediate, marginal improvements for the poor in contrast to constantly planning, and failing to deliver, high-minded global solutions,” said Lassman. “He is devoted to making the world healthier, better educated, and a more resilient place for our ultimate resource: people.”

HOST:  Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)

FEATURED GUESTS: Tim Harford, William Easterly

WHAT: Julian L. Simon Memorial Award Dinner, Summit, and Brunch

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 21 (6:00pm ET) and Wednesday, Sept. 22 (9:00am ET)

WHERE: The REACH at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

MEDIA CONTACT: [email protected]

About the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award:

Julian L. Simon (1932-1998) was a free-market economist and business professor known for his optimism about the future of mankind. His groundbreaking research built the case for how human ingenuity would allow the environment to support the world’s increasing population over the long-term, demonstrating human beings are an asset to the planet, not a liability. Simon authored the 1981 classic, The Ultimate Resource, which debunked eco-doomsayers’ predictions that modern civilization is unsustainable. > View more about Simon’s legacy on