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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 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 — Women's Property 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 Deaths — 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 — Lockdown and COVID-19: A US State Dynamic Panel Analysis  — Michael Makovi, Assistant Professor of Economics, Northwood University
    • April 21— Shock Me Like a Hurricane: How Hurricane Katrina Changed Louisiana's Formal and Informal Institutions — Raymond March, Assistant Professor of Economics, North Dakota State University
    • April 28 — Individualism and Financial Inclusion for Females — Israt Jahan, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin—La Crosse
    • May 5 — Removing Regulatory Barriers to Banking through Cryptointermediation: The Expansion of Cryptocurrency Markets in Africa — Edward Stringham, Shelby Cullom Davis Endowed Professor of American Business and Economic Enterprise, Trinity College

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