Capitalism and Society Lecture Series

Bringing engaging ideas to our campus and community.


The Capitalism and Society lecture series invites dialogue between researchers, students and the community to engage with emerging ideas.

These events are free and open to the public. Each lecture contains a presentation by a visiting speaker and a brief Q&A. Pizza and refreshments are served following the event. 

When possible, each lecture is recorded and shared on our website and YouTube channel. Videos are uploaded within one week of the event and can be accessed here

Capitalism and Society: Joshua Hall
 Oct. 17    |     AgCountry Auditorium      |     5:30 p.m. 

Local government consolidation is frequently put forward as a way to drive economic development by making government more efficient. In this talk, Hall provides an overview of the theory and evidence regarding the effects of government consolidation and provides lessons for would be policy entrepreneurs.

Speaker Spotlight

Joshua Hall is Professor of Economics, Chair of the Department of Economics, and Director of the Center for Free Enterprise in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. He earned his bachelor and master degrees in economics from Ohio University and his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 2007. Hall is a Past President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and is also a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute. A co-author of the widely cited Economic Freedom of the World annual report, he is also author or co-author of over 100 articles in journals such as Public Choice, Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Urban Studies, Southern Economic Journal, Public Finance Review, and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. You can read more about Hall and find his writings on his website.



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