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.
- January 17 — Campaigning for Retirement: State Teacher Union Campaign Contributions and Pension Generosity — Gary A. Wagner, B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration Acadiana Business Economist/BORSF Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Economics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
- January 24 — Exploring How Regulation Shapes Technology Startups — Liya Palagashvili, Assistant Professor of Economics at State University of New York-Purchase
- January 31 — Army Enlistment and Free Community College: The Case of Tennessee Promise — Michael Kofoed, Assistant Professor of Economics at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York (sponsored by the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics)
- February 7 — Does Balance Among Areas of Institutional Quality Matter for Economic Growth? — Russell S. Sobel, Professor of Economics & Entrepreneurship at The Citadel
- February 21 — Is the Rate of Scientific Progress Slowing Down? — Tyler Cowen, Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University
- February 28 — When Less is More: Central Bank Transparency and the Publication of Monetary Policy Voting Records — Caitlin Ainsley, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington
- March 6 — Mobilizing Parents at Home and at School: An Experiment on Primary Education in Angola — Danila Serra, Associate Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University