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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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Spring 2020 

    • January 17 — Campaigning for Retirement: State Teacher Union Campaign Contributions and Pension Generosity  — Gary A. Wagner, B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration Acadiana Business Economist/BORSF Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Economics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    • January 24 — Exploring How Regulation Shapes Technology Startups — Liya Palagashvili, Assistant Professor of Economics at State University of New York-Purchase
    • January 31 — Army Enlistment and Free Community College: The Case of Tennessee Promise — Mike Kofoed, Assistant Professor of Economics at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York (sponsored by the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics)
    • February 7 — Does Balance Among Areas of Institutional Quality Matter for Economic Growth? — Russell S. Sobel, Professor of Economics & Entrepreneurship at The Citadel
    • February 21 — Is Progress in Science Slowing Down? — Tyler Cowen, Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University
    • February 28 — When Less is More: Central Bank Transparency and the Publication of Monetary Policy Voting Records — Caitlin Ainsley, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington
    • March 6 — Mobilizing Parents at Home and at School: An Experiment on Primary Education in Angola — Danila Serra, Associate Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University
    • March 27 — Bart Wilson, Donald P. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Economics and Law at Chapman University
    • April 10 — Andrew Dustan, Assistant Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University
    • April 17 — Dietrich Vollrath, Professor and Chair of the Economics Department at the University of Houston
    • April 24 — Audrey Redford, Assistant Professor of Economics at Western Carolina University
    • May 1 — William J. Luther, Assistant Professor of Economics at Florida Atlantic University

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