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The Free Market Institute (FMI) develops and executes several initiatives to serve its vision of impacting the scholarly discourse on research questions related to the theory, practice, and history of the private enterprise system, and the social institutions, which govern its development and operation. These initiatives include Institute-sponsored research programs, independent research developed by FMI faculty, staff, and students, research workshops and editorial leadership for scholarly journals.

Research Programs

FMI staff members coordinate collaborative research programs that bring together scholars from the FMI, other academic units at Texas Tech University and from other academic institutions and public policy organizations.

Independent Research

FMI faculty and staff members conduct independent, original research and seek publication in a variety of scholarly outlets.

Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Author Pages

Research Workshop

The FMI hosts a Research Workshop each semester. Please see the Research Workshop pages linked below for more information, including a schedule of presentations.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Research Workshop, please contact the FMI at free.market@ttu.edu.

Editorial Leadership

FMI faculty and staff contribute in editorial capacities to the Review of Austrian Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, and The Journal of Private Enterprise.

Review of Austrian Economics

FMI Director, Prof. Benjamin Powell, serves as the North American Editor of the Review of Austrian Economics. The Review of Austrian Economics has two broadly conceived objectives: (1) to promote the development and extension of Austrian economics and (2) to promote the analysis of contemporary issues in the mainstream of economics from an Austrian perspective.

Contemporary Economic Policy

FMI Research Fellow and Graduate Students Director, Prof. Andrew Young, serves as Co-Editor of Contemporary Economic Policy. Contemporary Economic Policy publishes scholarly economic research and analysis on issues of vital concern to business, government, and other decision makers. The objectives are to communicate results of high quality economic analysis to policymakers, focus high quality research and analysis on current policy issues of widespread concern, increase knowledge among economists of features of the economy key to understanding the impact of policy, and to advance methods of policy analysis.

The Journal of Private Enterprise

FMI Comparative Economics Research Fellow, Dr. Alexander Salter, serves as an Associate Editor of The Journal of Private Enterprise. Since its founding in 1985, The Journal of Private Enterprise has become an important forum for scholarship in private enterprise. It has developed a rich mix of contributions ranging from Nobel Prize winners to promising younger scholars, spanning the full range of areas where the study of private enterprise applies, including economics, entrepreneurship, public policy, history, religion, and philosophy.

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