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

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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.









Free Market Institute Hires Post-Doctoral Research Associate for Templeton Project

Picture of Kate SheehanThe Free Market Institute is pleased to announce that Ms. Kathleen Sheehan will be joining Texas Tech University as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with the Free Market Institute for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Kate is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at West Virginia University and a Visiting Dissertation Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.  She expected to receive her Ph.D. this May.

Dr. Sheehan will work to advance the Free Market Institute's research on the Origins of Economic Freedom, which is associated with a grant awarded by the John Templeton Foundation.  Her current research interests include institutional analysis, public economics, spatial econometrics, and economic development.  In particular, her research examines how globalization influences informal institutions and how internet access affects governances and institutions.  Kate earned a M.A. in Economics from West Virginia University and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics summa cum laude from Capital University.

The faculty and staff of the Free Market Institute are excited to welcome Ms. Sheehan to the Texas Tech University community.

Dr. Edward Stringham and Dr. Adam Martin to Join the Free Market Institute

The Free Market Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Edward Stringham and Dr. Adam Martin will be joining Texas Tech University as Faculty Affiliates of the Free Market Institute beginning in the fall of 2014.  Dr. Stringham will have a faculty appointment as an Associate Professor of Economics in the Area of Energy, Economics and Law in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration.  Dr. Martin will have a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources.

Picture of Dr. Edward StringhamDr. Stringham will join Texas Tech University from Fayetteville State University where he is Lloyd V. Hackley Endowed Professor for the Study of Capitalism and Free Enterprise.  Prior to that position, he served as Shelby Cullom Davis Visiting Associate Professor of American Business and Economic Enterprise at Trinity College and Associate Professor of Economics at San Jose State University.

Dr. Stringham is the editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise and past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education.  He is the editor of two books and author of more than two dozen articles in refereed journals, including Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, and Public Choice.  His forthcoming book, Private Governance, will be published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Stringham's research has been discussed on more than 100 broadcast stations and in hundreds of newspapers worldwide, including many of the highest circulating newspapers in the United States.  He earned his doctorate in economics from George Mason University in 2002 and has won several awards including Paper of the Year Award from the Association of Private Enterprise Education and Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award from the School of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University.


Picture of Dr. Adam MartinDr. Martin will join Texas Tech University from King's College London where he is a Lecturer in Political Economy and Leader of the Rationality, Choice, and Uncertainty Research Group.  Prior to that position, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Development Research Institute at New York University and has been a visitor at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University and the Social Ontology Group at Cambridge University.

Dr. Martin's research interests focus on the intersection of philosophy, politics and economics and include Austrian economics, economic methodology, economic development and public choice.  The main thread of his work concerns the relevance of Frank Knight's distinction between risk and uncertainty for contemporary political economy.  His research has been published in Journal of Economic Methodology and Public Choice among other scholarly outlets.  He is the recipient of the 2013 Gordon Tullock Prize for Best Paper in Public Choice by a Junior Scholar, awarded for his paper (co-authored with Diana W. Thomas), "Two-Tiered Political Entrepreneurship and the Congressional Committee System."

In addition to advancing his scholarly research program, Dr. Martin serves as a member of the Board of Scholars for the Founation for Economic Education, Director of the Humane Studies Fellowship for the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and judge for the Carl Menger Essay Contest for the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, an undergraduate essay competition he co-founded.

The faculty and staff of the Free Market Institute are excited to welcome both Dr. Stringham and Dr. Martin to the Texas Tech University community.


Dr. Lawrence Schovanec and Dr. Benjamin Powell Introduce the Free Market Institute

Picture of Dr. Benjamin Powell, Director of the Free Market InstituteOn March 6, 2013, Texas Tech University officially launched the Free Market Institute during a reception hosted in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration.  Dr. Lawrence Schovanec, Interim President of Texas Tech University, introduced the Free Market Institute and acknowledged the generosity of the Institute's primary donor.  Dr. Schovanec also discussed the motivations for establishing the Institute and its mission, vision and anticipated impact on the university, the city of Lubbock and other communities in west Texas, the nation and the world.



Dr. Schovanec also introduced the inaugural Director of the Free Market Institute, Dr. Benjamin Powell.  Dr. Powell elaborated on Dr. Schovanec's remarks about the mission and vision for the Institute and briefly summarized the public lecture on "The Rise and Decline of Economic Freedom in the United States" that preceded the reception, discussing its main themes in the context of the broader vision for the Institute.  Coverage of the event from The Daily Toreador can be found here.  Video of the public lecture from Dr. Robert Lawson can be accessed on the Institute's Past Events page.  Video of Dr. Schovanec and Dr. Powell's remarks can be accessed here:  Introducing the Free Market Institute.

 

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