Texas Tech University

The Economic Way of Thinking

What Promotes Economic Prosperity?

June 20-23, 2019 — Texas Tech University — Lubbock, TX

June 20  June 21  June 22  June 23

About the Program  About the Speakers    

HS Seminar 19

To register contact our office by phone at 806.742.7138 or by email at free.market@ttu.edu.


About the Program

The Economic Way of Thinking: What Promotes Economic Prosperity? is the third edition of a seminar that engages high school aged students, who have an interest in learning about the principles of economics and their applications in the world.

The program features a series of lectures, discussions, and activities. Participants also have opportunities to learn more about the resources that are available to students, who enroll in undergraduate courses of study at Texas Tech University.

Principles of Economic Analysis

Lecturers will discuss the implications of basic economic principles such as scarcity, choice, and cost. Students will participate in an activity that explores the basis of mutual gains from voluntary exchange. This part of the program also features presentations about the roles of property rights, the rule of law, and the role that entrepreneurship performs in promoting economic progress.

Looking Out of the Window

Why are some countries rich while others remain poor? What causes economic growth? Is corruption always detrimental?

These are some of the questions lecturers will discuss as part of the applications of the concepts addressed in the introductory lectures and activities. Students will participate in an economic experiment that explores the effects of minimum wages on labor markets. Students will also discuss applications of the day's lectures after viewing the acclaimed documentary, Poverty, Inc.

Program Schedule

Please see the individual program pages linked above for a tentative schedule of each day's activities.


Registration is open on a first come, first served basis to all students aged 16-18, who will be enrolled in a high school or home school program during the 2019-2020 academic year.

To register contact our office by phone at 806.742.7138 or by email at free.market@ttu.edu.

Deadline is Monday, June 17, 2019.

All registered participants must submit a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian, indicating permission to attend the program and agreeing to abide by all program policies and other applicable operating procedures.

Cost & Scholarship

The cost of the seminar, including all meals, program materials, and activities is $75 per student.

Students traveling from outside of the Lubbock area are required to stay in a student dormitory on campus at Texas Tech University. Students from the Lubbock area are eligible to receive this lodging accommodation on a first come, first served basis.

Students traveling from outside of the Lubbock area are responsible for securing round-trip transportation to attend the seminar. The Free Market Institute will provide a complimentary shuttle service between the airport and the university. Parking will be provided for those students driving to Texas Tech University.

The Free Market Institute offers Tuition Scholarships!

Tuition Scholarships are available and awarded on a first come, first served basis. Students who are awarded the Scholarship will be reimbursed the total cost of registration after the conclusion of the seminar. 

All students can apply for a Tuition Scholarship when registering for the seminar. Students can expect an answer within 5 days after registering. 


Please contact the Free Market Institute by phone at 806.742.7138 or email at free.market@ttu.edu to address any questions about the program.

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