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The mission of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University is to advance the teaching of and research directly related to the virtues of free markets.  The Institute promotes scholarship that crosses disciplinary boundaries, providing a forum that encourages and values discussion and rigorous debate regarding all aspects of free markets.

Benjamin Powell's Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy Now Available

Cover Art of Out of Poverty

Cambridge University Press has released a new book from Free Market Institute Director, Dr. Benjamin Powell, titled Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy The book is a new volume in the Cambridge Studies in Economics, Cognition and Society series and is available for purchase at Amazon.

Texas Tech's FMI receives $1.7 million grant to study economic freedom, prosperity

Research on the Origins of Economic Freedom and Prosperity

The John Templeton Foundation awarded the Free Market Institute a three-year research grant to study the institutional underpinnings of the mechanisms and processes that produce social change in support of enhanced economic freedom.

In the Media

Op-Ed - August 26, 2014 - Market Forces Should Regulate Smoking - Huffington Post - Dr. Powell discusses the economic aspects of the proposed smoking ban in Lubbock.

Radio Interview - August 25, 2014 - Doctor Benjamin Powell of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech Discusses the Economic Aspects of the Proposed Smoking Ban in Lubbock - KFYO News/Talk 790 AM - Dr. Powell joined Chad Hasty to discuss the proposed smoking ban in Lubbock and the calls for regulation of e-cigarettes.

- August 15, 2014 - Market Basket's Forgotten Customers - Huffington Post - Dr. Powell weighs in on the recent media coverage of worker strikes at Market Basket distribution centers emphasizing that the primary responsibility of for-profit businesses is to satisfy the demands of consumers, not workers.

Op-Ed - August 15, 2014 - Citibank's $7 billion "settlement" - The Hill - Dr. Stringham discusses the implications of Citibank's recent settlement with the Department of Justice and the unintended consequences of affordable housing policies.


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TTU Plaza Free Market Institute P. 806.742.7138
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