Scott Beaulier, Executive Director, Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy and Adams-Bibby Chair of Free Enterprise at Troy University visited Texas Tech University to deliver a public lecture addressing the topic of youth unemployment in the United States. Dr. Beaulier challenged the assertion that the millennial generation is a fundamentally different generation and, instead, offered an alternative hypothesis that labor market and macroeconomic policies have contributed to the slow recovery and uncertainty that characterize the U.S. economic outlook that has persisted since late 2007.
The Free Market Institute hosted the inaugural Free Market Road Show event in the United States, which was co-sponsored by the Austrian Economics Center (Vienna, Austria) and Liberty Fund, Inc. The event featured commentary from Barbara Kolm, Director at Austrian Economics Center and President at Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institut, Enrico Colombatto, Professor of Economics at University of Turin, and John Charalambakis, Chief Economist at BlackSummit Financial Group, Inc.
The panel discussion focused on the European economic and political experience following the onset of the international financial and economic downturn. Each speaker addressed different aspects of what caused the crisis and the role that government fiscal, monetary and regulatory policies have played in prolonging — and, in some cases, worsening — economic conditions throughout the European Union and in countries on the periphery of the European Union.
Judge Andrew Napolitano, FOX News Senior Judicial Analyst, visited Texas Tech University to deliver a public lecture addressing the role of the Constitution in preserving and upholding individual liberty and economic freedom in the United States. Drawing on his vast experience and knowledge of constitutional law, Judge Napolitano argued that the federal government has actively undermined the original intent of the Constitution and usurped the individual liberties that the document was intended to uphold and protect.
Matt Kibbe, President and CEO at FreedomWorks visited Texas Tech University to deliver a public lecture based on his most recent book Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto. Matt's remarks focused on the evolution of his thinking about political and economic issues and placed his experience in the context of a variety of views about the ideal role of government in a free society.
The Free Market Institute and the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization co-hosted a debate on immigration policy featuring Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, and Herbert London, President of London Center for Policy Research.
Due to an illness, Dr. London was unable to participate in the debate. Stephen Balch, Director of the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, offered Dr. London's prepared remarks on his behalf and responded to Prof. Caplan's arguments on his own behalf.
Vernon Smith, George L. Argyros Endowed Chair in Finance and Economics at Chapman University visited Texas Tech University to deliver a public lecture discussing his research in experimental economics on asset bubbles and empirical research that informs his most recent volume (with Steven Gjerstad), Rethinking Housing Bubbles: The Role of Household and Bank Balance Sheets in Modeling Economic Cycles. Prof. Smith is the 2002 co-Recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
The Free Market Institute (FMI) and the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) co-hosted an IHS On-Campus Education Event, Liberty Applied: Current Events and Controversies. The program brought together students from Texas Tech University and universities across the state of Texas for lectures and discussion on topics ranging including the declines of economic freedom in the United States, immigration, markets for human organs and technology and freedom.