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FMI Public Speaker Series
Spring 2019

February 21  March 28  April 25

Free Enterprise, Specialization, and the Invisible Hand: An Ode to Adam Smith

Dr. Edward Prescott

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Location: Jones AT&T Stadium, West Entrance, Suite Level
Lecture: 5:30-6:30 PM (Suite Level 1 South)
Reception: 6:30-7:15 PM (Suite Level 1 North)

The lecture will feature remarks from Prof. Prescott, who is the co-recipient of the 2004 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. The reception will feature a display of original, early edition works authored by Adam Smith from the collection of The Remnant Trust at Texas Tech University.

Visitors to the university may park in Commuter Lot North (Lot C1) located on the west side of the Jones AT&T Stadium starting at 5:00 PM.

This program is free and open to all members of the Texas Tech University community and the general public.

The Free Market Institute gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Helen Jones Foundation, Inc., in honor of Helen DeVitt Jones, for this keynote program of the Free Market Institute Public Speaker Series.

About the Speaker

Edward C. Prescott is Regents Professor, W. P. Carey Chair in Economics, and Director of the Center for Advanced Study in Economic Efficiency in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Prof. Prescott also serves as a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a co-editor of the peer-reviewed academic journal Economic Theory. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society, as well as a Guggenheim Fellow.

Prof. Prescott's research has been published in several leading academic and scholarly publications in the field of economics, including the Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Journal of Monetary Economics, among other publications.

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2004 was awarded jointly to Finn E. Kydland and Edward C. Prescott "for their contributions to dynamic macroeconomics: the time consistency of economic policy and the driving forces behind business cycles. (The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2004)

More information about Prof. Prescott and his research can be viewed here.

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More Sex is Safer Sex and other Surprises from Economics

Dr. Steven LandsburgSteven E. Landsburg
Professor of Economics
University of Rochester

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Location: TBD
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM

This program is free and open to all members of the Texas Tech University community and the general public.

About the Speaker

Steven E. Landsburg is Professor of Economics in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Rochester.

Prof. Landsburg's research interests include algebraic K-theory, quantum game theory, the philosophy of science, and moral philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago, but has taught economics for several years, including authoring a textbook in intermediate microeconomics, Price Theory & Applications.

Prof. Landsburg is the author of several books including The Armchair Economist: Economics and Everyday Life, More Sex is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics and Fair Play: What Your Child Can Teach You about Economics, Values, and the Meaning of Life.

His recent book, Can You Outsmart an Economist? 100+ Puzzles to Train Your Brain, presents a series of puzzles and brainteasers that illustrate key concepts in economics and illuminate the pitfalls of faulty economic reasoning.

His writing has appeared frequently in national popular publications like Slate, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He blogs at The Big Questions.

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Texas and the Heartland: Key to the Future of the American Dream

Mr. Joel KotkinJoel Kotkin
Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures
R. Hobbs Professorship in Urban Studies
Chapman University

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Location: Red Raider Ballroom, Student Union Building
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM

This program is free and open to all members of the Texas Tech University community and the general public.

About the Speaker

Joel Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures and holds the R. Hobbs Professorship in Urban Studies at Chapman University. He also serves as Executive Director of the Houston-based Center for Opportunity Urbanism and Senior Advisor to the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

Described by the New York Times as "America's uber-geographer," Joel Kotkin is an internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. His recent book, The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us, challenges the conventional urban-planning wisdom that favors high-density, "pack-and-stack" strategies. Instead, Kotkin advocates for "smart suburbs" that take advantage of new technologies, family-friendly policies, and sustainable planning to build dynamic small cities, redeveloped neighborhoods, and a human-scale urban environment.

Mr. Kotkin writes the weekly "New Geographer" column for Forbes.com and services as Executive Editor of www.newgeography.com. He is a regular contributor to the Daily Beast and Real Clear Politics.

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