How Entrepreneurship Fosters Economic Growth
Dr. Peter Klein examines the neglected role of the entrepreneur - the active, purposeful, innovative agent who organizes and carries out productive economic activity. After briefly reviewing the place of entrepreneurship in economic theory, he explains what entrepreneurs do and the conditions under which they do it well. 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.
October 16, 2017
Waltonomics: Walmart & Society
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.
September 15, 2017
Entrepreneurship and Post-Disaster Recovery
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.
April 3, 2017
Scope of Practice and Occupational Licensing
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.
March 9, 2017
The Economics of Happiness
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.
February 24, 2017