Prospects for Freedom and Prosperity
The Free Market Institute (FMI) at Texas Tech University (TTU), with financial support from the John Templeton Foundation, has undertaken a three-year sponsored research program titled Research on the Origins of Economic Freedom and Prosperity. On the dates of March 23-24, 2017, the FMI hosted a panel discussion and research conference focused on the program themes.
The research conference featured remarks from distinguished scholars, whose research has contributed to academic discourse on the program themes, as well as presentations of working research focused on the program themes.
The panel discussion was originally intended to feature remarks from distinguished scholars – William Easterly of New York University, Douglas Irwin of Dartmouth College, and Deirdre McCloskey of University of Illinois at Chicago – whose work has influenced academic discourse about the panel theme. Illness prevented Profs. Easterly and McCloskey from traveling to Lubbock to participate in the program.
The panel discussion proceeded with remarks from Douglas Irwin (John Sloan Dickey Third Century Chair in the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College) addressing his research in the theory and history of international trade, as well as the prospects for changes in public policy in these areas under the Trump administration.
Alex Nowrasteh (Immigration Policy Analyst at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at Cato Institute) offered remarks addressing his research on the impact of immigration in the United States, as well as his evaluation of current proposals for immigration reform.
Finally, Peter Boettke (University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University) offered remarks on the substantive challenges that Americans face from a broader political economy perspective.
February–03 and February–04
Is American Democracy Broken?
The Free Market Institute (FMI) and the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University co-hosted an IHS On-Campus Education Program as part of their Weekend Exploring Liberty series. The program, titled Is American Democracy Broken?, brought together students and faculty from Texas Tech University for lectures and discussions on topics such as:
- The institutional evolution of American political economy;
- Philosophical perspectives on the nature and operation of participatory democratic systems;
- The relationship of the electoral college to the American federal system;
- The political economy of secession; and
- Economic perspectives on domestic and international policy issues that were prevalent during the election.
The program featured keynote remarks from Prof. Randall Holcombe (DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University and Dr. Jason Brennan (Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University), as well as remarks from several faculty members affiliated with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University.