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Political Economy Reading Program

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Race and Economics — Fall 2023

The theme for the fall 2023 Political Economy Reading Program is Race and Economics. Participants will explore debates about the causes and consequences of discrimination, the economics of slavery, and the intellectual history of thinking about race in economics.

Why do racial disparities in income and wealth persist? What role can markets and government policy play in affecting those disparities? What role did slave labor play in U.S. economic history? Participants will receive a set of readings that will provide a foundation for the discussions to address the above questions, among other questions of importance to the program theme.

Participants will also attend a summit hosted at Texas Tech University with program participants from Angelo State University, on September 29-30, 2023. The summit will feature formal remarks from Rachel Ferguson, a philosopher and Professor of Business at Concordia University Chicago, and Phillip Magness, an economic historian and Senior Research Faculty at the American Institute for Economic Research. Participants will engage in interactive discussion groups on issues related to the program theme.

The schedule of readings and topics of discussion will be shared with participants and posted on this page as that information becomes available.

Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2023 program. All undergraduate students, who will have a full-time enrollment status during the fall 2023 semester at Texas Tech University or Angelo State University, are eligible and encouraged to apply. 

Interested and eligible students should apply for an invitation to participate at the link below:

Political Economy Reading Program - Fall 2023 Application

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 31, 2023.

If you have questions regarding the Political Economy Reading Program, or if you would like to be included in the FMI Student Programs email distribution list, please contact the Free Market Institute at free.market@ttu.edu or 806.742.7138.

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More general information about the program and application process can be found on the Political Economy Reading Program page.

For details about previous reading programs, visit the McLane Teammates Reading Program page.