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February 18, 2020
Steven Listopad presents a Free Speech and Open Inquiry lecture on student journalism. Listopad is the founder of the national New Voices USA legislative campaign to protect the rights of student journalists. He led the passage of laws in North Dakota in 2015 and 2017.
October 17, 2019
Dr. Joshua Hall provides an overview of the theory and evidence regarding the effects of government consolidation and provides lessons for would-be policy entrepreneurs. Dr. Hall is director of the Center for Free Enterprise and a professor of economics at West Virginia University.
October 4, 2019
We look back on the life and legacy of NDSU alumnus and public choice scholar Mancur Olson. Panelists include Mancur Olson's former students, Dr. Keith Dougherty and Dr. Jac Heckelman, and his nephew and NDSU faculty member Dr. Frayne Olson. We discuss Mancur Olson's influence on economics, political science, and the NDSU campus.
April 15, 2019
Dr. Jayson Lusk talks with PCPE Fellow Raymond March about agriculture and what to and what not to worry about as our population grows. Dr. Lusk is distinguished professor and head of the Agricultural Economics department at Purdue University.
March 21, 2019
Dr. Alexander Salter examines the relationship between our current monetary institutions such as the Federal Reserve and the rule of law. Dr. Salter is an assistant professor of economics at Texas Tech University and research fellow with the Free Market Institute and the Sound Money Project.
October 26, 2018
Dr. Edward Stringham walks us through past examples of private contracts and discusses the exciting opportunities presented by blockchain technology. Dr. Stringham is president of the American Institute for Economic Research.
September 17, 2018
Dr. Robert Lawson discusses the Economic Freedom of the World project, which presents an index of economic freedom for over 160 nations. Dr. Lawson is the director of the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.
April 26, 2018
Michael Matheson Miller, director and producer of the award-winning documentary Poverty, Inc., is a research fellow at the Acton Institute. With some ten years of international experience, he lectures on such themes as political and social philosophy, economic development, ethics and entrepreneurship.
April 26, 2018
In the video "Extras", Michael Matheson Miller answers audience questions following his lecture, "Inclusion for the Poor: Poverty, Charity and Justice". Questions were compiled using an interactive mobile app and asked by Dr. Jeremy Jackson.
April 25, 2018
Michael Matheson Miller, director and producer of the award-winning documentary Poverty, Inc., answers audience questions following a screening of the film in Fargo, North Dakota. Questions were compiled using an interactive mobile app and asked by Dr. Jeremy Jackson.
February 20, 2018
Stephen Moore discusses how free enterprise can restore American prosperity. Moore is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth, at The Heritage Foundation. He formerly wrote on the economy and public policy for The Wall Street Journal and was a member of The Journal's editorial board.
October 16, 2017
Dr. Peter Klein examines the neglected role of the entrepreneur - the active, purposeful, innovative agent who organizes and carries out productive economic activity. Dr. Klein is W. W. Caruth Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business and Senior Research Fellow at the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise.
September 15, 2017
Dr. Art Carden discusses the impact Walmart has on the economy and the communities in which it does business. The preponderance of evidence suggests that Walmart makes people--the poor especially--better off. He explains Walmart's costs and benefits and the implications for public policy. Dr. Carden is an associate professor of economics at the Brock School of Business at Samford University.
April 3, 2017
Dr. Virgil Storr examines the critical roles that commercial, social, and political entrepreneurs perform in order to promote community recovery after disasters. Specifically, he argues that entrepreneurs: 1) provide needed goods and services; 2) help to restore disrupted social networks; and 3) signal that community recovery is likely to occur. Dr. Storr is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
February 24, 2017
Dr. Boris Nikolaev discusses the connections between economics and happiness. He also addresses the paradoxes researchers face in this area of study. Dr. Nikolaev is a researcher at the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University.
March 9, 2017
Dr. David Mitchell discusses scope of practice regulation as a form of occupational licensing. He argues that it is intended to protect consumers, but it can have the effect of reducing competition and access to care. Dr. Mitchell is the director of the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics at the University of Central Arkansas.