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What Can the United States Learn from Europe?

A Panel Discussion Co-Sponsored by the Austrian Economics Center (Vienna, Austria) and Liberty Fund, Inc.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
College of Media and Communication, Texas Tech University

Room 359

5:30 - 7:00 PM

The Free Market Institute will co-host a speaker panel (with the Austrian Economics Center and Liberty Fund, Inc.) that focuses on the European economic and political experience in the wake of the international financial and economic downturn that began in late 2007. The panelists will include:

John Charalambakis, Chief Economist for the Blacksummit Financial Group, Inc. - 'Greek Meltdown'
Enrico Colombatto, Professor of Economics at the University of Turin - 'Stifling Regulatory Environment Coming Out of Brussels'

Barbara Kolm, President of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute in Vienna, Austria - 'Youth Unemployment and Minimum Wage: Is There a Correlation?'

The panelists will address the Greek experience in the wake of the financial and economic downturn, how economic regulation deters business investment and retards economic development and how labor policies and regulations impact youth unemployment throughout Europe. The panelists will present their views on these issues with an intent to discuss any lessons that policymakers in the United States may be able to take and use from the European experience. Please see below for more details about the panelists.

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John E. Charalambakis
is the Chief Economist for the Blacksummit Financial Group, Inc. in the United States. He has studied economics and finance in Greece, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He has consulted with numerous corportations, non-profit groups, as well as government entities in several countries.

Dr. Charalambakis currently teaches economics at the Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. He is the recipient of many awards, the author and editor of three books and of numerous articles, has served on corporate boards, has appeared on economic and financial television shows, and is a frequent conference and seminar speaker. Recently, he assisted the Congressional Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) in their research regarding the causes of the financial crisis.

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Enrico Colombatto is Professor of Economics at the University of Turin, where he teaches Foundations of Policymaking, International Economics, and Growth and Development. He is the Director of one of Italy's leading research institutes, the International Centre for Economic Research, and the Director of Research at IREF (Institut de Recherches Économiques et Fiscales). His present research interests cover the economics of growth and development, law and economics, and Austrian economics. His latest book is titled Markets, Morals and Policy Making: A New Defense of Free-Market Economics (Routledge, 2011).

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Barbara Kolm is President of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institut in Vienna, Austria and Director of the Austrian Economics Center. Being a worldwide networker, she uses these abilities to promote free market policies. Additionally, she frequently speaks on issues related to public policy, especially on deregulation and competition topics, the future of Europe and Austrian economics.

Dr. Kolm is an Associate Professor of Austrian Economics at the University of Donja Gorica in Montenegro and a member of the Board of Business Consultants of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and a member of Mont Pelerin Society. She is also President of the European Center for Economic Growth.

The Kids are Not Alright: How Government Causes Youth Unemployment
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Scott Beaulier - Executive Director, Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy and Adams-Bibby Chair of Free Enterprise, Sorrell College of Business, Troy University

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration, Texas Tech University
Grand Auditorium (CR 105 - First Floor)

5:00 - 6:15 PM

Scott Beaulier
is the Adams-Bibby Chair of Free Enterprise and Executive Director of the Manual H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University. Scott serves also serves as the Division Chair of Economics and Finance in the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University. He writes a weekly column for The Birmingham News. Prior to his current positions at Troy University, Scott taught at Beloit College and Mercer College and was a Fellow for the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute.


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