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Mancur Olson Scholar Application Open

How We Got Rich

In this reading group, scholars will explore different ideas about how human societies were able to amass enormous wealth in just two centuries. Students will then turn to a discussion about how countries that remain poor today may be able to escape poverty.  Each participant will receive a $500 scholarship. 

Learn more and apply.

The Economics of Sports

Scholars will examine the many ways economics is connected to the world of sports. In this reading group, students will have the opportunity to discuss gender wage disparities, sports subsidies, gambling, NIL regulations, player safety, and other hot topics in sports today. Each participant will receive a $500 scholarship.

Learn more and apply.


Pandemics and Liberty: An Introduction

Read the introduction from the new edited volume Pandemics and Liberty by Raymond J. March and Ryan M. Yonk. 




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Op-Ed | An economics lesson on tax reform
By Dr. Jeremy Jackson, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead

Blog | No, This Is Not 1970s Style Stagflation
By Dr. James Caton, Sound Money Project

Op-Ed | The FDA could easily solve the baby formula shortage by allowing more imports from Europe
By Drs. Raymond March and Glenn Furton, Fortune

Op-Ed | Education freedom in North Dakota among the worst in U.S.
By Dr. Jeremy Jackson, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead

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The Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise partners with the Challey Institute to offer a variety of speakers, workshops, and events open to the NDSU community and the general public. 

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