Texas Tech University

The Economic Way of Thinking

Economics and Government

June 11-14, 2020 — Texas Tech University — Lubbock, TX

About the Program   

We regret to inform you that this program has been canceled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information regarding upcoming events and programming will be posted on the FMI website or shared via public event distribution email as it becomes available.

HS Seminar 19

About the Program

The Economic Way of Thinking: Economics and Government is the fourth 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. This year, the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), a free market organization dedicated to teach the principles of a free society, will be co-sponsoring the seminar.

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.

Foundations of Economic Analysis

Lecturers will discuss the implications of basic economic principles such as scarcity, choice and cost. Students 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 principles of supply and demand, and the role that entrepreneurship performs in promoting economic progress.

Economics and Government

Lecturers from FEE will discuss the central questions about living in the modern world. Students will examine centralized versus decentralized approaches to solving complex problems and participate in experiments in which they attempt to allocate resources in order to make people better off. Then, students will consider what we know about human behavior and how people act in the public and private sectors. Finally, students will explore how rights provide guidance for limitations on markets and governments.

Program Schedule

The individual program pages and a tentative schedule of each day's activities will be available soon.


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 2020-2021 academic year.

Registration is now open.

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 as well.

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 five business days after completing the registration process. 


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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