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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 

    • September 11 — The Socialist Calculation Debate's Centennial: New Challenges, State Capacity, and State Capitalism — Leonid Krasnozhon, Associate Professor of Economics and holder of the Chase Minority Entrepreneurship Distinguished Professorship at Loyola University New Orleans
    • September 18 — Sorting Out the Aid-Corruption Nexus — Andrew T. Young, Professor of Economics in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration and research fellow and director of graduate students at the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University
    • September 25 — Closing the STEM Gender Gap: Choice, Access, and Policies in Mexico City High Schools — Andrew Dustan, Assistant Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University
    • October 2 — Institutional Change and Entrepreneurial Choice: A Model of Rent-Seeking Derived from U.S. Constitutional History — Robert Wright, Paul Coverdell Distinguished Visiting Fellow of Policy Studies at Georgia College and State University
    • October 9 — Cloudy with a Chance of Munchies: Assessing the Impact of Recreational Marijuana Legalization on Obesity Using a Synthetic Control Approach — Raymond March, Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University and faculty fellow at the NDSU Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise
    • October 16 — The Effects of Occupational Licensing Reform for Nurse Practitioners on Children's Health — Moiz Bhai, Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
    • October 23 — The Political Economy of Substance Misuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Audrey Redford, Assistant Professor of Economics at Western Carolina University
    • October 30 — Metaphysical Realism and Avoiding the Political Idealist-Realist Dichotomy — Douglas B. Rasmussen, Professor of Philosophy (retired) at St. John's University
    • November 6 — The Elasticity of Aggregate Output with Respect to Labor and Capital — Dietrich Vollrath, Department Chair and Professor of Economics at University of Houston
    • November 13 — The Comparative Endurance and Efficiency of Religion — Anthony Gill, Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion
    • December 4 — TBA — Jillian Carr, Assistant Professor of Economics at Purdue University

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