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Kerianne Lawson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics


Kerianne Lawson is a scholar at the Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth with the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise and an assistant professor of economics in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University. She teaches undergraduate coureses on macroeconomics and math economics. Her research areas include law and economics, measures of institutional quality, and entrepreneurial solutions to the provision of public goods. Her work on the expansion of property rights in South Africa sheds light on the charitable work done by the Khaya Lam Project and its role in deterring crime, encouraging investment, and creating opportunities for entrepreneurship. Dr. Lawson also conducts research on the importance of economic freedom at the local, state, and national level, and how it relates to entrepreneurship and economic growth. 

  • Ph.D. Economics, West Virginia University
  • B.A. Economics, Southern Methodist University
  • Public economics
  • Economic freedom 
  • Development economics
  • Law and economics
  • Energy economics
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