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Spring 2020

Hazelwood: 32 years of living with a bad SCOTUS decision, and what we're doing about it

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.

Fall 2019

Consolidation of Local Government Services for Economic Development Purposes

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.

Who is Mancur Olson?

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.

Spring 2019

The Future of Food

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. 

Money and the Rule of Law

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. 

Fall 2018

Private Enforcement of Contracts: from eBay to Blockchain

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. 

Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Health of Nations

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.

Spring 2018

Inclusion for the Poor: Poverty, Charity and Justice

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. 

Extras ft. Michael Matheson Miller

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. 

Poverty, Inc. Q&A ft. Michael Matheson Miller

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. 

How Free Enterprise Can Restore American Prosperity

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.

Fall 2017

How Entrepreneurship Fosters Economic Growth

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.

Waltonomics: Walmart & Society

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.

Spring 2017

Entrepreneurship and Post-Disaster Recovery

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. 

The Economics of Happiness

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.

Scope of Practice and Occupational Licensing

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. 



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