Commerce, morality, equality, the rule of law, and the role of government… Welcome to the world of Adam Smith.

What can we learn about our own world from Smith? Join the workers in an 18th century pin factory to find out more…

Interactive Pin Factory


Smithian Sympathy in the Arabian Nights

by Khalil M. Habib for AdamSmithWorks

Smith's Life and Times

Adam Smith on Slavery

by Jack Russell Weinstein for AdamSmithWorks

The Invisible Hand

The invisible hand is one of Smith's most well-known turns of phrase, yet he uses it but once in each book. So what does it mean, and why does this concept remain important today?

Educational Resources

Speaking of Smith

Engage online with scholars on a new topic every week... Now online... Take Time to See the Harmony, with Amy Willis

Reading Smith

AdamSmithWorks Original Essays

Explore our ever-growing collection of original essays on Smith and his legacy. New essays are posted ONLY at AdamSmithWorks every two weeks.

Scholars’ Portal

How to Join the Portal

The ASW Scholars’ Portal is an online work-and-gathering space for Smith scholars. Its features include:

  • ability to upload working papers for comment, and to comment on others' papers
  • online open-discussion forum
  • ability to create and contribute to collaborative documents such as reading lists, annotated bibliographies, and a "Smithopaedia"
To be considered for access to the portal, please contact us with your ideas and CV at