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Research Workshop

The Free Market Institute (FMI) Research Workshop exposes graduate students, faculty, staff and other university colleagues to working research related to free market economics and other topics of interest. It is a "workshop" for work in progress that is not yet under consideration by scholarly journals. FMI faculty, research staff and graduate students, other Texas Tech University faculty members and visiting scholars deliver seminar presentations.

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Fall 2015

    • September 11 — Mini-Conference on the Origins of Economic Freedom
      • The Law and Economics of Northern Barbarians — Andrew Young, Associate Professor of Economics at West Virginia University
      • The Origins of Political and Economic Power: Group Formation and Institutional Evolution — Randall Holcombe, DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University
      • The Treason of Rules: Institutional Entrepreneurship and Representative Government — Adam Martin, Political Economy Research Fellow at the Free Market Institute (Texas Tech University)
      • The Institutional Sources of Political Dysfunction: Under-appreciated Maladies of the Political Commons — Alexander Salter, Comparative Economics Research Fellow at the Free Market Institute (Texas Tech University)
      • Institutional Convergence: Exit or Voice? — Joshua Hall, Associate Professor of Economics at West Virginia University
      • The Relationship between Big Interests and Economic Freedom: The 1856 San Francisco Businessman's Revolution — Edward Stringham, Davis Professor for Economic Organizations and Innovation at Trinity College
      • The Global Spread of Think Tanks and Economic Freedom — Benjamin Powell, Director of the Free Market Institute (Texas Tech University) and Matt Ryan, Assistant Professor of Economics at Duquesne University
      • The Impact of Social Trust on Economic Freedom in 50 Countries — James Ruhland, Ph.D. student in Political Science at Texas Tech University
      • Aggregate Demand Shortfalls and Economic Institutions — Taylor Smith, Research Assistant at the Free Market Institute (Texas Tech University) and Ryan Murphy, Research Associate at the O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom (Southern Methodist University)
    • October 2 — Reassessing Frederic Bastiat as an Economic Theorist — David Hart, Director of the Online Library of Liberty Project at Liberty Fund, Inc.
    • October 23 — Beyond Piketty, the Pope, and the President: How Lawyers Increase Income Inequality — J. Robert Subrick, Associate Professor of Economics at James Madison University
    • October 30 — Institutional Foundations of State Capacity: The Importance of Political Property Rights — Alexander Salter, Comparative Economics Research Fellow, Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University
    • November 6 — The Rise and Decline of Nations: The Dynamic Properties of Institutional Reform — Russel Sobel, Professor of Economics & Entrepreneurship at The Citadel
    • December 4 — Entrepreneurship and Institutional Change: The Case of Surrogate Motherhood — Pavel Kuchar, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Guanajuato

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