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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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Fall 2020  Spring 2020  Fall 2019  Spring 2019  Fall 2018  

Spring 2018  Fall 2017  Spring 2017  Fall 2016  Spring 2016  

Fall 2015  Spring 2015  Fall 2014  Spring 2014  Fall 2013


Spring 2023 

    • January 20 — The Impact of R1 Classification on Universities — Justin Callais, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    • January 27 — Canadian Evidence on the American Antebellum Puzzle — Vincent Geloso, Assistant Professor of Economics, George Mason University
    • February 3 — Uncertain Times: The Causal Effects of Coups on National Income — Kevin Grier, Professor of Political Science, Texas Tech University
    • February 10 — The Impact of City-County Mergers: Evidence from Sichuan Province — Linan Peng, Assistant Professor of Economics, Southeastern Louisiana University
    • February 17 — Gender Rights, Factors of Production, and Economic Growth — Kathleen Sheehan, Assistant Professor of Economics, Creighton University
    • February 24 — The Impact of Drug-Induced Homicide Laws on Unintentional Drug Overdose Rates — Audrey Redford, Assistant Professor of Economics & Business, Hampden-Sydney College
    • March 3 — Does Oil Production Matter for State Level Inflation? — James Dean, Assistant Professor of Economics, North Dakota State University
    • March 24 — Friends or Foes?  The Insurgent's Dilemma of Seeking Legitimacy While Keeping Secrets — Edwar Escalante, Assistant Professor of Economics, Angelo State University
    • March 31 — The Impact of State Voting Processes in the 2020 Election: Estimating their Effects on Voter Turnout, Voting Method, and the Spread of COVID-19 — Samuel Absher, Associate Economist, RAND Corporation
    • April 7 — The Effectiveness of Covid Lockdowns: A Dynamic Panel Regression Analysis  — Michael Makovi, Assistant Professor of Economics, Northwood University
    • April 21— Shock Me Like a Hurricane: The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Louisiana's Formal Institutions — Raymond March, Assistant Professor of Economics, North Dakota State University
    • April 28 — Individualism, Inequality, and Development — Israt Jahan, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin—La Crosse
    • May 5 — TBD — Edward Stringham, Shelby Cullom Davis Endowed Professor of American Business and Economic Enterprise, Trinity College

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