Texas Tech University

Political Economy Reading Program

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Monetary and Fiscal Policy — Spring 2023

The theme for the spring 2023 Political Economy Reading Program is Monetary and Fiscal Policy. Participants will explore debates about the stability of market economies, the government's role in recessions and depressions, and the tension between democracy and technocracy.

Is capitalism inherently crisis prone? What, if anything, can governments do to prevent business cycles? Should economic experts be subject to democratic oversight and constitutional constraints? 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 February 17-18, 2023. The summit will feature formal remarks from Lawrence H. White, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, who's work will be included in the program reading materials. 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 spring 2023 program. All undergraduate students, who have a full-time enrollment status at Texas Tech University or Angelo State University, are eligible and encouraged to apply. Interested students may apply for an invitation to participate at the link below:

Political Economy Reading Program — Spring 2023 Application

Deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 20, 2022.

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.