Texas Tech University

Liberal Thought and Freedom in Latin America

About the Program Invited Research Contact

About the Program

The Free Market Institute (FMI) at Texas Tech University, in partnership with Liberty Fund, Inc., invited papers for a research program focused on the theme of Liberal Thought and Freedom in Latin America.  

The colloquium was conducted under a hybrid format that included a traditional Liberty Fund style discussion of selected readings from two Liberty Fund publications, Liberal Thought in Argentina, 1837-1940 and Liberty in Mexico: Writings on Liberalism from the Early Republican Period to the Second Half of the Twentieth Century; and presentations and discussion of new research on issues related to the program theme.

The program also featured a public presentation on Thursday, September 16, 2021 from, The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Member and Author of the WSJ's weekly "Americas" column, Mary Anastasia O'Grady. This program was free and open to all members of the Texas Tech University community and the general public. More information about this program is available at FMI Event Archives page.

Authors of the invited submissions visited Texas Tech University to participate in a working research conference from September 17-18, 2021. The working research conference was limited to invitation from the faculty and staff of the FMI. The goal of the conference was to provide critical and constructive feedback on each of the invited papers in advance of their submission to peer-reviewed academic journals for publication.

[Back to Top]

Invited Research 

    • Blowback: The Consequences of CIA-Sponsored Regime Change in Latin America — Kevin Grier, Gordon Tullock Professor of Political Economy, Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University
    • Corruption in Latin America: The Persistence of a Tradition — Edwar Escalante, Research Associate, Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University
    • Crawling towards Weber? Mexican State Capacity in the 19th Century — Robin Grier, Professor of Economics, Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University
    • 20 Years of Dollarization in Ecuador: A Synthetic Control Analysis — Nicolás Cachanosky, Associate Professor of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver
    • Perception of Immigrants in Latin America — Andrés Marroquín, Visiting Associate Professor of Economics, Center for the Study of Economics and Liberty at Mercer University
    • Migration and the Labor Market: Lessons from the Exodus from Venezuela to Peru — Cesar Martinelli, Professor of Economics at George Mason University

[Back to Top]


FMI Executive Director, Benjamin Powell, served as the program director for this research initiative. Please contact the Free Market Institute with any questions about the program.

[Back to Research Programs] [Back to Top]

TTU FMI Double T Logo