The Free Market Institute (FMI) develops and executes several initiatives to serve its vision of positively impacting the scholarly discourse on research questions related to the theory, practice, and history of the private enterprise system, and the social institutions, which govern its development and operation. These initiatives include Institute-sponsored research programs, independent research developed by FMI faculty, staff, and students, research workshops and editorial leadership for scholarly journals.
FMI staff members coordinate collaborative research programs that bring together scholars from the FMI, other academic units at Texas Tech University and from other academic institutions and public policy organizations.
- Research on the Origins of Economic Freedom and Prosperity
- The Economics of Immigration: Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy
- Economic and Political Change After Crisis: Prospects for Government, Liberty, and the Rule of Law
FMI faculty and staff members conduct independent, original research and seek publication in a variety of scholarly outlets.
Featured Working Paper
Salter, Alexander W., and Glenn Furton — June 3, 2016 — Money and the Rule of Law (Available at SSRN)
SSRN Author Pages
The FMI hosts a Research Workshop each semester. Unless otherwise noted, the workshop takes place in the FMI conference room on Friday afternoons starting at 2:00pm. Please see the Research Workshop pages linked below for more information, including a schedule of presentations.
- Fall 2016 Schedule
- Spring 2016 Schedule
- Fall 2015 Schedule
- Spring 2015 Schedule
- Fall 2014 Schedule
- Spring 2014 Schedule
- Fall 2013 Schedule
If you have any questions or would like more information about the Research Workshop, please contact the FMI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FMI faculty and staff contribute in editorial capacities to the Review of Austrian Economics and The Journal of Private Enterprise.
FMI Director, Prof. Benjamin Powell, serves as the North American Editor of the Review of Austrian Economics. The Review of Austrian Economics has two broadly conceived objectives: (1) to promote the development and extension of Austrian economics and (2) to promote the analysis of contemporary issues in the mainstream of economics from an Austrian perspective.
FMI Comparative Economics Research Fellow, Dr. Alexander Salter, serves as an Associate Editor of The Journal of Private Enterprise. Since its founding in 1985, The Journal of Private Enterprise has become an important forum for scholarship in private enterprise. It has developed a rich mix of contributions ranging from Nobel Prize winners to promising younger scholars, spanning the full range of areas where the study of private enterprise applies, including economics, entrepreneurship, public policy, history, religion, and philosophy.