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Research Workshop

The Free Market Institute (FMI) Research Workshop exposes graduate students, faculty, staff and other university colleagues to working research related to free market economics and other topics of interest. It is a "workshop" for work in progress that is not yet under consideration by scholarly journals. FMI faculty, research staff and graduate students, other Texas Tech University faculty members and visiting scholars deliver seminar presentations.

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Spring 2019 

    • January 18 — How Growth Happens: Liberalism, Innovism, and the Great Enrichment — Deirdre McCloskey, Emerita Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago
    • February 1 — Quasi-Legal Property Rights — Ilia Murtazashvilli, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
    • February 8 — The Invisible Contract: Agreement and Spontaneous Order in Social Life — John Thrasher, Assistant Professor, Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy, Chapman University
    • February 15 — Economic Freedom and Migration: A Metro Area-Level Analysis — Dean Stansel, Research Associate Professor, O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, Southern Methodist University
    • February 22 — The Economic and Fiscal Effects of Immigration: Implications for Policy — Pia M. Orrenius, Vice President and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
    • March 1 — Rent-Seeking for Madness: The Political Economy of Mental Institutionalization in America, 1880 to 1923 — Vincent Geloso, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Bates College
    • March 22 — Social Security Wealth and the US Wealth Distribution — Dennis Jansen, Professor of Economics, Texas A&M University
    • March 29 — What is Quantum Game Theory, and Why Should Economists Care? — Steven Landsburg, Professor of Economics, University of Rochester
    • April 12 — Economic Development Incentives: Fostering Productive or Unproductive Entrepreneurship? — John Dove, Associate Professor of Economics, Troy University
    • April 26 — Monetary Rules without Romance — Bryan Cutsinger, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Economics, George Mason University
    • May 3 — The Decline of the Courts-Martial in the United States — Julia Norgaard, Assistant Professor of Economics, Pepperdine University

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