Speakers
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Lawrence H. White
Lawrence H. White, best known for his work on free-market monetary systems, is Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is the author of The Clash of Economic Ideas: The Great Policy Debates and Experiments of the Last Hundred Years (Cambridge University Press, 2012), a book in which Milton Friedman’s contributions play a prominent role. Dr. White is also author of The Theory of Monetary Institutions (Basil Blackwell, 1999); Free Banking in Britain (2nd ed., Institute of Economic Affairs, 1995), and Competition and Currency (NYU Press, 1989). His popular writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, on Forbes.com, and elsewhere.
Ben Wattenberg
Ben J. Wattenberg is a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. He is the moderator of the weekly PBS television program Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg. His most recent major project was The First Measured Century, an effort to understand, explain and dramatize American life through the lens of social and economic data. Wattenberg is the author of eight additional books, including Values Matter Most (1995), The First Universal Nation (1991), The Birth Dearth (1987), The Good News is the Bad News is Wrong (1984), The Real America (1974), and co-author with Richard M. Scammon of The Real Majority (1970), considered the best-selling "bible" of the 1970 and 1972 elections, This U.S.A. (1965) and a novel, Against All Enemies, co-authored with Ervin Duggan. Ben J. Wattenberg graduated from Hobart College in 1955, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Hobart in 1975.
Magatte Wade
Magatte Wade, born in Senegal, educated in France, launched her entrepreneurial career in the San Francisco Bay area. She is fluent, and conducts business, in Wolof, French, and English. Magatte’s first company, Adina World Beverages, was founded in her home kitchen and was originally based on indigenous Senegalese beverage recipes using organic ingredients. The company has attracted talent from beverage industry leaders, and is now carried in major national retailers across the U.S. As a consequence, Adina is the most widely distributed U.S. consumer brand founded by an African entrepreneur. Magatte recently launched her second company, The Tiossano Tribe, which produces and retails luxury organic skin-care products. Her products can be found at high-end specialty boutiques and at www.tiossano.com. She also serves on the board of the SEED Academy (Sports for Education and Economic Development), a private school in Senegal that prepares Senegalese athletes to succeed academically and athletically on basketball scholarships in the NCAA. She writes for The Huffington Post, Barron’s, and other publications. The World Economic Forum named her one of their Young Global Leaders for 2011 and Forbes named her one of the "20 Youngest Power Women in Africa" in 2011. She blogs at www.magatte.wordpress.com and at www.tiossano.com/blog.
Mario Villareal-Diaz
Mario Villarreal, a former Fulbright fellow, is a professor and Research Chair in Strategic Intelligence at the Public Policy Graduate School at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, and an Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His professional experience includes numerous research and consulting projects for both the private and public sectors, particularly on issues of regulation, industrial organization, and the provision of public goods. In 2005, he received his PhD in Economics and Political Science from Claremont Graduate University. When he is not thinking about economics and politics, you can find him at the nearest soccer field, playing the real foot-ball game.
Jacob Vigdor
Jacob Vigdor is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Duke University, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. He is the author of From Immigrants to Americans: the Rise and Fall of Fitting In (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009), which advocates the application of market principles in the immigration policy debate. He has also written numerous scholarly articles on public education and housing markets, and popular pieces in outlets including The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Daily News. Vigdor received a BS in Policy Analysis from Cornell in 1994 and a PhD in economics from Harvard in 1999.
James Tooley
James Tooley is director of the E. G. West Centre at Newcastle University and he has held a number of teaching & research posts around the world. His book The Beautiful Tree (Penguin, New Delhi) was on the best-seller lists in India in 2010, and won the 2010 Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Prize. It builds on his ground-breaking research on private education for the poor in India, China and Africa, for which he was awarded gold prize in the first International Finance Corporation/Financial Times Private Sector Development Competition. He was founding president of the Education Fund, Orient Global, living in Hyderabad, India for two years, where he created a chain of low cost private schools. Since then he has helped set up educational companies in China and Ghana, with a further company in India. His work featured in an American PBS documentary, where it was profiled alongside the work of Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus and Grameen Bank. It also featured in a documentary for BBC World and on BBC Newsnight. He has been described in the pages of Philanthropy magazine as “a 21st century Indiana Jones” travelling to “the remotest regions on Earth researching something that many regard as mythical: private, parent-funded schools serving the Third World poor.”
Michael Strong
Michael Strong is the CEO of Freedom Light Our World (FLOW), co-founded with John Mackey, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. Michael is also the co-founder of The Free Cities Institute, through which he promotes Milton Friedman's idea of eliminating poverty by creating "Hong Kongs" around the world. Prior to founding FLOW, he spent fifteen years as an educational entrepreneur, including creating a charter school ranked the 36th best public high school in the U.S. He did his dissertation work at the University of Chicago under economics Nobel laureate Gary Becker, whom Friedman once described as "the best student I ever had." He is the lead author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World's Problems, co-authored with John Mackey, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohammad Yunus, and Hernando de Soto; and author of The Mystery of Capital and others.
Edward P. Stringham
Edward P. Stringham is the Lloyd V. Hackley Endowed Professor for the Study of Capitalism and Free Enterprise at Fayetteville State University. He is editor of The Journal of Private Enterprise, editor of two books, and author of four dozen refereed articles and book chapters. Stringham has been discussed on more than 100 broadcast stations including CBS, CNBC, CNN, Fox, Headline News, NPR, and MTV.
John Stossel
John Stossel joined Fox Business Network in 2009. He hosts Stossel, a weekly program highlighting current consumer issues with a libertarian viewpoint, which debuted on December 10, 2009. Prior to joining FBN, Stossel co-anchored ABC’s primetime newsmagazine show, 20/20. He is a graduate of Princeton University, with a BA in psychology.
Fred Smith
Fred Smith is an expert in the advancement of capitalism. The President and Founder of the Competitive Enterprise Institute since 1984, Mr. Smith combines intellectual and strategic analysis of complex policy issues ranging from the environment to corporate governance with an informative and entertaining presentation style. He is also a frequent guest on national television and radio programs to discuss and debate regulatory initiatives and topical policy issues. Currently, he sits on the Institute Turgot in Belgium. Mr. Smith holds a BS degree in Theoretical Mathematics and Political Science from Tulane University where he earned the Arts and Sciences Medal (Tulane’s highest academic award) and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Daniel J. Smith
Daniel J. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy and an adjunct scholar at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He has published a variety of academic journals, book chapters, and public policy pieces. He received his PhD in Economics from George Mason University in 2011, where he also received the Don Lavoie Memorial Graduate Essay Prize and was the Oloffson Weaver Fellow of Political Economy. Daniel graduated from Northwood University in 2007 with a BBA in Economics and received the Arthur Turner Award, the university's highest honor, as well as the Ludwig von Mises Award, the economic department's highest honor. His website is www.danieljosephsmith.com.
Aeon J. Skoble
Aeon J. Skoble is Professor of Philosophy and Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Bridgewater State University, in Southeastern Massachusetts. A native New Yorker, he graduated from St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, then went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Master’s and Doctorate from Temple University. His main research interests in moral and political philosophy include theories of rights, the nature and justification of authority, virtue ethics, classical theories of happiness, and theories of legal interpretation. He is the co-editor of Political Philosophy: Essential Selections (Prentice-Hall, 1999) and Reality, Reason, and Rights (Lexington Books, 2011), editor of Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl: Critical Essays on Norms of Liberty (Lexington Books, 2008), and author of Deleting the State: An Argument About Government (Open Court, 2006), as well as many essays in both scholarly and popular journals. In addition, he writes widely on the intersection of philosophy and popular culture, and was co-editor of the best-selling The Simpsons and Philosophy (Open Court, 2000).
George Shultz
A native of New York, Mr. Shultz graduated from Princeton University in 1942. After serving in the Marine Corps (1942-45), he earned a PhD at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Shultz taught at MIT and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he became dean in 1962. He was appointed Secretary of Labor in 1969, Director of the Office of Management and Budget in 1970, and Secretary of the Treasury in 1972. From 1974 to 1982, he was President of Bechtel Group, Inc. Mr. Shultz served in the Reagan administration as Chairman of the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board (1981-82) and Secretary of State (1982-89). Since 1989, he has been a Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Mr. Shultz is willing to speak on a venue-appropriate topic.
Parth J. Shah
Parth J Shah is President of the Centre for Civil Society, a think tank for public policy solutions within a classical liberal framework. After his PhD in economics from Auburn University, he taught at the University of Michigan at Dearborn before starting CCS in Delhi, India. Parth's research and advocacy work centers on the themes of economic freedom (law, liberty and livelihood campaign), choice and competition in education (fund students, not schools), property right approach for the environment (terracotta vision of stewardship), and good governance (new public management and the duty to publish). He has conceptualised and organised liberal educational programs for the Indian youth including Liberty & Society Seminars, Jeevika Livelihood Documentary Competition, and Researching Reality Internship Program. He has edited Morality of Markets, Friedman on India, Profiles in Courage: Dissent on Indian Socialism, Do Corporations Have Social Responsibility? and co-edited Law, Liberty & Livelihood: Making a Living on the Street; Terracotta Reader: A Market Approach to the Environment; BR Shenoy: Theoretical Vision and BR Shenoy: Economic Prophecies and Agenda for Change.
Ken Schoolland
Ken Schoolland is presently an Associate Professor of Economics and Political Science at Hawaii Pacific University. He is an economist, academic, author, and political commentator. Schoolland is also a member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Individual Liberty, and a Sam Walton Fellow for Students in Free Enterprise. He is author of the “Free Market Odyssey” Jonathan Gullible teaching the ideas of liberty in a simple form. Schoolland studied Political Science at American University and earned his Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Michael Sanera
Michael Sanera is Director of Research and Local Government Studies at the John Locke Foundation. He served as a policy analyst for the Washington, DC based The Heritage Foundation, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the California based Claremont Institute. In the early 1990s, Sanera was the founding president of the Goldwater Institute in Arizona, a state-based think tank studying Arizona public policies. At that time, the Goldwater Institute laid the groundwork for Arizona’s first-in-the-nation school reforms, including its innovative charter school legislation. On Milton Friedman he says "Capitalism and Freedom is one of three books that influenced me and a generation."
Paul Rubin
Paul Rubin is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics at Emory University, Editor of Managerial and Decision Economics, and President-Elect of the Southern Economic Association. He is associated with the Technology Policy Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Independent Institute. Dr. Rubin has been a Senior Economist at President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers, and has held senior positions U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, and has been a consultant. He has taught economics at Emory, the University of Georgia, City University of New York, VPI, and George Washington University Law School. Dr. Rubin has written or edited eleven books, and published over two hundred and fifty articles and chapters on economics, law, regulation, and evolution in professional journals. He frequently contributes to The Wall Street Journal. His work has been cited in the professional literature over 5900 times. He has addressed numerous business, professional, policy, government and academic audiences. Dr. Rubin received his BA from the University of Cincinnati in 1963 and his PhD from Purdue University in 1970.
Russell Roberts
Russell Roberts is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of economics and the J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Distinguished Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His latest book is The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity (Princeton University Press, 2008). He is also the author of The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance (MIT Press, 2002) and The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism (Prentice Hall, 3rd edition, 2006). Roberts is the host of the weekly podcast, EconTalk, hour-long conversations with authors, economists, and business leaders. Roberts is associate editor and a founding advisory board member for the Library of Economics and Liberty, an on-line resource for economics research and education (www.econlib.org). He is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. A three-time teacher of the year, Roberts has also taught at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Rochester, Stanford University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a national fellow and visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution from 1985 to 1987. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lawrence Reed
Lawrence Reed is currently the President of the Foundation for Economic Education, after serving as President of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for its first two decades. He has served on the Boards of Directors of many libertarian think tanks and has delivered more than 1,000 speeches worldwide on the topics of liberty. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, Reed has an extensive history of spreading the ideas of freedom, and has made himself available to discuss the legacy of Milton Friedman on the world.
Don Racheter
Dr. Racheter is the Founder and current President of the Public Interest Institute in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He has over 20 years teaching experience in American political economy and philosophy. Having used Free to Choose in the classroom throughout his teaching career, Don offers his services to speak on the legacy of Milton Friedman.
Karen Palasek
Dr. Palasek is currently the Director of Educational and Academic Programs at the John Locke Foundation. Dr. Palasek's teaching experience includes positions in economics at Tuskeegee Institute, the University of Hartford, George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, Towson State University, North Carolina State University, Campbell University, and Peace College, among others. Upon moving to North Carolina in 1993, she spent nine years as a full-time homeschool parent before joining the Locke Foundation while maintaining an adjunct college teaching role. She received her B.Mus.Ed. from Hartt College of Music at the University of Hartford, the MA in Economics from the University of Connecticut, and her PhD in Economics from George Mason University.
James Otteson
James Otteson received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD from the University of Chicago. He has taught previously at Georgetown University and at the University of Alabama, and specializes in the history of modern philosophy, political philosophy, and the history and philosophy of economics. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC. Often lecturing on Adam Smith, classical liberalism, and related topics, Dr. Otteson has served as a guest lecturer for organizations including the Foundation for Economic Education, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and the Fund for American Studies. His published writings include Adam Smith's Marketplace of Life (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Actual Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2006). He received a Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Order Prize in 2005, and was named first-prize winner of the Templeton Enterprise Award in 2007. In addition, Dr. Otteson is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and one of the primary contributors to the blog Pileus. He also maintains a personal website and blog at www.jamesotteson.com.
David Nott
David Nott is president of Reason Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing free minds and free markets. Under Nott's leadership, Reason's public policy experts have advised President George W. Bush, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and numerous other officials on how to shrink the burden of government. His professional experience includes six years as president of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he is credited with developing and implementing a business plan that led to a 250 percent increase in revenue. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, with Distinction, in Economics and Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.
Joshua Muravchik
Joshua Muravchik is a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies and is also a Fellow in Human Freedom at the George W. Bush Institute. He was once (1968-1973) the National Chairman of the Young People’s Socialist League. In coming to grips with his own past, Muravchik wrote Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism (Encounter; 2001), the definitive account of history’s greatest illusion. Mr. Muravchik, who received his Ph.D. in International Relations from Georgetown University, is also the author of eight other books and more than 400 articles on ideology, politics and international affairs, contributing to, among others, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times Magazine, Commentary, The New Republic, and The Weekly Standard. Some years back, The Wall Street Journal's op-ed editor wrote: "Muravchik may be the most cogent and careful of the neoconservative writers on foreign policy."
Isaac Morehouse
Isaac Morehouse is a Gifts Officer at the Institute for Humane Studies where he helps raise support for the Institute's programs. Morehouse previously directed educational programs and policy programs and mentored students at IHS. Prior to IHS, Isaac worked at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy where he created and directed Students for a Free Economy. Morehouse also spent over three years in the Michigan House of Representatives, was involved in a small business startup, founded an international humanitarian nonprofit, and ran a local taxpayer advocacy group. In addition to his work in fund raising, Isaac is a frequent lecturer to student groups on economic ideas, communication skills, the philosophy of freedom and more. He holds a master's degree in economics with a focus on the Austrian School from the University of Detroit Mercy, and he received his bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy from Western Michigan University.
Jeffrey Miron
Jeffrey Miron is Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. Dr. Miron has previously served on the faculties of the University of Michigan and Boston University at the latter, he was Department chairman for six years. He has been the recipient of an Olin Fellowship from the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Earhart Foundation Fellowship, and a Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship. Dr. Miron holds a BA in economics, magna cum laude, from Swarthmore College and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently writes the blog Libertarianism, from A to Z, at jeffreymiron.com. Dr. Miron has published more than 25 articles in refereed journals and 50 op-eds in CNN.com, nytimes.com, forbes.com, and other outlets. Dr. Miron’s commentary on economic policy has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, Bloomberg, and Fox television, BBC radio, and in dozens of other television, radio, and print media around the world. Dr. Miron’s area of expertise is the economics of libertarianism. He has written extensively on the economic case against drug prohibition, and he has been a vocal critic of the Treasury bailout and the Obama administration’s fiscal stimulus. Dr. Miron is also a star teacher. In four of the past five years, the Senior Class at Harvard has chosen him as one of their favorite teachers. His most popular offering is a course titled “A Libertarian Perspective on Economic and Social Policy,” which has attracted more than nine hundred students in just five years.
Robert McDonald
Robert McDonald is Associate Professor of History at the United States Military Academy, an Adjunct Scholar with the Cato Institute, and the Sons of the American Revolution Distinguished Scholar. He is completing a book to be titled Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson and the Politics of Personality and an edited volume to be titled Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés. He is editor of Thomas Jefferson's Military Academy: Founding West Point (University of Virginia Press, 2004) and Light & Liberty: Thomas Jefferson and the Power of Knowledge (University of Virginia Press, 2012) and has published several essays and articles in journals such as The Historian, Southern Cultures, and The Journal of the Early Republic. Rob is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Oxford University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his PhD. Video and audio recordings of some of his previous presentations are available through Cato.org and LearnLiberty.org.
Tibor Machan
Tibor Machan, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Philosophy, Auburn University, AL, holds the R. C. Hoiles Chair in Free Enterprise and Business Ethics at the Argyros School of Business & Economics, Chapman University, CA. He is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, CA. Machan is a syndicated and freelance columnist, author of 40+ books—most recently, The Morality of Business: A Profession of Human Wealth-Care (Springer, 2007)—editor of 20+ others and has written over a hundred scholarly papers, some of them now featured in various philosophy readers (including “A Brief Defense of Free Will,” “The Non-existence of Welfare Rights,” and “Do Animals Have Rights?”). Hoover Institution Press has published 10 volumes in the series Philosophical Reflections on a Free Society, which Machan has edited. His first trade book, Putting Humans First (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004) was sold in many bookstores in America and the UK. Machan was a visiting professor at the US Military Academy, West Point, 1992-93. He edited Reason magazine for two years and was editor of Reason Papers, an annual journal of interdisciplinary normative studies, for 25 years. He lectures in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, the Republic of Georgia, and Latin America on business ethics and political philosophy. He has appeared on the late Bill Buckley’s Firing Line, and more recently on PBS-TV’s Religion and Ethics in America and Life & Styles, John Stossel’s John Stossel Goes to Washington, and C-Span’s In Depth. His memoir, titled The Man without a Hobby, 2nd edition, was published in 2012. His columns are syndicated by Freedom News Wire.
Rich Lowry
Editor of The National Review, Rich Lowry has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and a variety of other publications. His book, Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years, was a New York Times bestseller. Lowry graduated from the University of Virginia in 1990 after studying English and history.
Edward J. Lopez
Edward J. Lopez is Associate Professor of Law & Economics at San Jose State University in California, and Past President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. Over 15 years he has taught more than 75 classes in graduate and undergraduate economics. His primary research focus is comparing the performance of market, political, and legal institutions. Professor Lopez has published over forty scholarly articles and book chapters on topics in public choice, law & economics, and private enterprise. He is widely published in journals such as The Review of Law & Economics, Public Choice, The Southern Economic Journal, The Independent Review, and others. His second book, Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers: The Economic Engine of Political Change (Stanford University Press, 2012), explains for general readers how ideas and interests do battle in shaping politics.
Herb London
Herbert I. London is President Emeritus of Hudson Institute. He served as the Institute's President from December 1997 to March 2011. He is professor emeritus and the former John M. Olin Professor of Humanities at New York University. London was responsible for creating the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 1972 and was its dean until 1992. This school was organized to promote the study of "great books" and classic texts. Herbert London is a graduate of Columbia University, 1960 and the recipient of a PhD from New York University, 1966.
Brad Lips
Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Network since 2009, Lips received his MBA from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University and his BA from Princeton University. Previously, Lips was a research associate for Smith Barney Inc. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the John Templeton Foundation. He has written on classical liberal ideas, including The Reagan Vision, published by the Goldwater Institute, and two chapters in Freedom Champions, published by Atlas in 2011.
Dwight Lee
Professor Lee received his PhD from the University of California, San Diego in 1972. Since that time he has had full-time tenured faculty appointments at the University of Colorado, Virginia Tech University, George Mason University, and the University of Georgia, where he was the Ramsey Professor of Economics and Private Enterprise from 1985-2008. He is currently the William J. O’Neil Professor of Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Professor Lee's research has covered a variety of areas including the economics of the environment and natural resources, the economics of political decision making, public finance, law and economics, and labor economics. During his career Professor Lee has published 145 articles in refereed journals, 272 articles and commentaries in magazines and newspapers, 49 chapters in books, 33 book reviews, 9 monographs, coauthored 14 books, and been the contributing editor of 4 more. He has lectured at universities and conferences throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Central America, South America, Asia and Africa.
Robert Lawson
Robert Lawson holds the Jerome M. Fullinwider Chair in Economic Freedom in the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at the SMU Cox School of Business. An author of dozens of academic, policy-oriented, and popular articles, Lawson is also a founding co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World annual report. Lawson has served as president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society. He earned his BS in economics from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University and his MS and PhD in economics from Florida State University.
Steven Landsburg
Steven E. Landsburg is a professor of economics at the University of Rochester (where students recently elected him "Professor of the Year"), the author of several popular books on economics including the widely praised Armchair Economist, and a prolific blogger at www.TheBigQuestions.com. He's been a regular columnist at both Forbes and Slate, and his op-eds appear from time to time in both The Wall Street Journaland The New York Times. His most popular lecture titles include "More Sex is Safer Sex: Some Surprises from Economic Theory" and "How to Fix Everything: The Power of Economic Growth". He also lectures frequently on population growth (he's for it!), income redistribution (he's largely against it!), tax policy, and the power of incentives.
Deepak K. Lal
Deepak K. Lal is the James S. Coleman Professor of International Development Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, former President of the Mont Pelerin Society, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at University College London, and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. He was educated at the Doon School, Dehra Dun, St. Stephen's College, Delhi and Jesus College, Oxford. He was a member of the Indian Foreign Service (1963-66) and has served as a consultant to the Indian Planning Commission, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, various U.N. agencies, and the ministries of planning in South Korea and Sri Lanka. From 1984 to 1987 he was research administrator at the World Bank. Lal is the author of a number of books, including The Poverty of Development Economics; The Hindu Equilibrium; Against Dirigisme; The Political Economy of Poverty; Equity and Growth; Unintended Consequences: The Impact of Factor Endowments, Culture, and Politics on Long-Run Economic Performance; and Reviving the Invisible Hand: The Case for Classical Liberalism in the 21st Century.
Babu Joseph
Professor Babu Joseph is currently President of the free-market think tank, Liberal Group-Kerala based in Kottayam, India. The think tank received Honorable Mention for the John Templeton Freedom Award in 2006, and members of the Indian group travelled to the Berlin School for Freedom conference in 1973 during the heyday of Cold War politics. He is willing to speak on the influence Milton Friedman had on Indian classical liberal thinking after independence.
Steven Horwitz
Steven Horwitz is Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and an Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center in Arlington, VA. He is the author of two books, Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective (Routledge, 2000) and Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order (Westview, 1992), and he has written extensively on Austrian economics, Hayekian political economy, monetary theory and history, and the economics and social theory of gender and the family. He has written and spoken extensively on the causes and cures of the Great Recession as well as a variety of contemporary economic myths. Horwitz has also appeared in numerous online videos for Learn Liberty and the Foundation for Economic Education. He has also done public policy research for the Mercatus Center, Heartland Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy, and the Cato Institute. Horwitz serves as the book review editor of The Review of Austrian Economics, and is a contributing editor of The Freeman, where he also has a weekly online column. He has a PhD in Economics from George Mason University and an AB in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Michigan. He is currently working on a book on classical liberalism and the family.
Gary Hoover
Gary Hoover travels the world speaking to Fortune 500 executives, trade associations, entrepreneurs, and college and high school students about how enterprises are built and how they stand the test of time. His speeches and workshops have ranged from the Hong Kong and Jakarta chapters of EO (Entrepreneurs' Organization) to keynote at the National Association of Convenience Stores Convention and the Mid-Atlantic Venture Capital Conference, from Microsoft and Oracle client conferences to strategic planning meetings of major law firms. He talks about the role of history, of geography, of demography, of curiosity, and the other key things that aren’t discussed every day in the newspaper—or the classroom. As part of his education, he studied economics at the University of Chicago under Milton Friedman and two other Nobel Prize winners.
Randall Holcombe
Randall Holcombe is DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University. He received his PhD in economics from Virginia Tech, and taught at Texas A&M University and at Auburn University prior to coming to Florida State in 1988. Dr. Holcombe is also Senior Fellow at the James Madison Institute, a Tallahassee-based think tank that specializes in issues facing state governments. He served on Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors from 2000 to 2006, was president of the Public Choice Society from 2006 to 2008, and was president of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics in 2007. Dr. Holcombe is the author of twelve books and more than 100 articles published in academic and professional journals. His books include The Economic Foundations of Government (1994), Public Policy and the Quality of Life (1995), From Liberty to Democracy: The Transformation of American Government (2002), and Entrepreneurship and Economic Progress (2007). His primary areas of research are public finance and the economic analysis of public policy issues.
Robert Higgs
Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute and Editor of the Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review. He received his PhD in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, and the University of Economics, Prague. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow for the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation.
Frederick Hess
Frederick Hess is resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the America Enterprise Institute. An educator, political scientist, and author, Mr. Hess studies a range of K-12 and higher education issues. He pens the Education Week blog Rick Hess Straight Up; has authored influential books on education including The Same Thing Over and Over, Education Unbound, Common Sense School Reform, Revolution at the Margins, and Spinning Wheels. He has edited widely-cited volumes on education philanthropy, urban school reform, how to stretch the school dollar, education entrepreneurship, what we have learned about the federal role in education reform, and No Child Left Behind. He also serves as executive editor of Education Next; as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program; on the Review Board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education; and on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 4.0 Schools, and the American Board for the Certification of Teaching Excellence. A former high school social studies teacher, Mr. Hess has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University, and Harvard University.
Joshua Hall
Professor Hall received his PhD in economics from West Virginia University and graduate and undergraduate degrees in economics from Ohio University. Formerly an economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, Professor Hall has an extensive background in writing for scholarly audiences as well as for policy makers and citizens. In addition to authoring or co-authoring over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and academic book reviews, numerous articles and reviews, he is co-author of the widely-cited annual Economic Freedom of the World report.
Kenneth Green
Currently with the American Enterprise Institute, Kenneth P. Green has studied public policy and regulation at free-enterprise think tanks across North America for nearly 20 years. An environmental scientist by training, Ken focuses on policy and regulations involving energy and environmental health. He has previously been Executive Director of the Environmental Literacy Council as well as holding positions at the Frasier Institute and Reason Foundation. Ken is a prolific writer of policy studies and articles, blogs regularly at AEI’s Enterprise Blog, and is a monthly contributor to AEI’s web magazine, The American. He speaks frequently to the public and in the media, and has testified before regulatory and legislative bodies at local, state, and federal levels. Ken holds a BS in biology from UCLA, a MS in molecular genetics from San Diego State University and a D.Env. in environmental science and engineering from UCLA.
Veronique de Rugy
Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She was previously a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, and a research fellow at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Her primary research interests include the federal budget, homeland security, taxation, tax competition, and financial privacy issues. She writes a column for Reason magazine and is a regular contributor to The American, AEI's online magazine. She also blogs at "The Corner" at National Review Online and at Big Government.
Steve Davies
Dr Steve Davies is Education Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia. He joined IHS from the UK where he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. He has authored several books, including Empiricism and History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and was co-editor with Nigel Ashford of The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991).
Antony Davies
Antony Davies is associate professor of economics at Duquesne University and Mercatus Affiliated Senior Scholar at George Mason University. Dr. Davies is a frequent lecturer at international conferences on economics, forecasting, and consumer psychology, and at policy conferences at the U.S. House of Representatives and at state capitals. In addition to teaching at the undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. levels, Dr. Davies was Chief Analytics Officer at Parabon Computation (Fairfax, VA), President and co-founder at Paragon Software (now Take-Two Interactive), and co-founder and Chief Analytics Officer at Repliqa (now Zoo Entertainment). Most recently, he collaborated with his sister, who is on the theater faculty at Washington and Lee University, in creating a dance performance that exhibits the principle of the tragedy of the commons. Dr. Davies earned his BS in Economics from Saint Vincent College, and PhD in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.
Daniel D'Amico
Daniel D’Amico completed his economics PhD from George Mason University in 2008 with field examinations in Constitutional Political Economy and Austrian Economics. His doctoral dissertation, “The Imprisoner’s Dilemma: The Political Economy of Proportionate Punishment,” was awarded the Israel M. Kirzner Award for best dissertation in Austrian Economics by the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. Daniel’s research has been published in a variety of scholarly outlets including Public Choice, Advances in Austrian Economics, The Journal of Private Enterprise, and The Erasmus Journal of Philosophy and Economics. He sits on the editorial board of Studies in Emergent Order and is on the executive committee for the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. Daniel is an affiliated scholar with The Ludwig von Mises Institute, the Molinari Institute, the workshop in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at George Mason University and the INWARD Study Center on Urban Creativity at Sapienza University in Rome. Lastly, Daniel is a regular panelist on Freedom Watch hosted by Judge Andrew Napolitano—a daily television show on the Fox Business Network. Daniel is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Loyola University in New Orleans, where he has received awards for teaching, research and service. His current research is focused upon applying insights from various political economy perspectives including Austrian Economics, Public Choice Theory and New Institutional Economics to understand the processes of social change as the occur surrounding punishment and incarceration throughout history and in the United States today. Daniel adheres to the fundamental belief that ideas matter.
Roy Cordato
Dr. Roy Cordato is currently Vice President for Research at the John Locke Foundation and an expert on discussing corporate social responsibility. From 1993-2000 he served as the Lundy Professor of Business Philosophy at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. From 1987-1993 Dr. Cordato was Senior Economist at the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation (IRET) in Washington, DC. He has served as full-time economics faculty at the University of Hartford and at Auburn University and as adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University. In 2000 he received the Freedoms Foundation's Leavey Award in Free Enterprise Education. Cordato holds an MA in urban and regional economics from the University of Hartford and a PhD in economics from George Mason University. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Hartt School of Music.
Bob Chitester
Bob Chitester is the Founder and President of Free To Choose Network. With David and Janet Friedman, Chitester is a partner of Free To Choose Enterprise, and manages licensing and sales of Free To Choose. Free To Choose is the award-winning PBS TV series hosted by Milton Friedman, and also the name of Friedman's best-selling book based on the series. Chitester conceived the project and was Executive Producer of the series. Bob was formerly President and CEO of the Erie, Pennsylvania PBS and NPR stations (WQLN and WQLN-FM). He received BA and MA degrees from the University of Michigan, and the Honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Allegheny College.
Kenneth Chilton
Dr. Kenneth Chilton is expert on the topic of the economics of environmental policy. He has spent 30 years researching, teaching and speaking on the economics of climate change policy, the Clean Air Act and sustainable development. He most recently founded and directed the Institute for Study of Economics and the Environment at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. Prior to that he was an administrator and researcher for 24 years at the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government and Public Policy (formerly the Center for the Study of American Business). He is available for lectures on topics in his area of expertise.
A. Lawrence Chickering
Lawrence Chickering, founder and President of Educate Girls Globally, has worked for more than thirty years on designing and implementing reforms of government institutions and policies to empower disadvantaged people. EGG is the third policy institute he has either founded or co-founded. His experience in reframing issues to broaden political support is crucial for EGG, promoting an issue that is controversial in some places. He is currently working on two new books: one presenting a strategy for promoting girl’s education, and a second, co-authored book on citizens and foreign policy. Mr. Chickering has been associated with many international organizations, including Freedom House, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council for International Policy, and Search for Common Ground. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the Yale Law School, and is currently a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institutions.
Art Carden
Art Carden is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, a Research Fellow with the Oakland, California-based Independent Institute, a Senior Fellow with the Beacon Center of Tennessee, and a member of the adjunct faculty of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. He's also on Twitter: @artcarden. He likes to talk about "the economic way of thinking" and understands the impact of Milton Friedman's ideas on our lives.
Bryan Caplan
Bryan Caplan is an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University and an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute. His articles have appeared in The American Economic Review, The Economic Journal, The Journal of Law and Economics, Social Science Quarterly, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and many other outlets. He is also the author of The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies and Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent Is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think.
Eamonn Butler
Dr. Eamonn Butler is Director and co-founder of Britain’s leading free-market policy think tank, the Adam Smith Institute, and a leading author and broadcaster on economics and social issues. Westminster insiders look forward each week to his wry online commentary on politics and politicians. Eamonn is the winner, with his colleague Dr. Madsen Pirie, of the 2010 National Free Enterprise Award, for the greatest contribution to furthering the market economy. He is Vice-President of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international association of distinguished economists and entrepreneurs, founded in 1947 by the Nobel Prize winner F. A. Hayek. Eamonn is author of books on a wide range of subjects, from economics through psychology to politics. These include easy-read introductions to the economists Milton Friedman, F. A. Hayek and Adam Smith, and a short explanation of how markets work, is called (modestly) The Best Book on the Market, which he wrote to be “so simple that even politicians can understand it.”
Robert Bradley
Robert L. Bradley Jr. is the CEO and founder of the Institute for Energy Research. As one of the nation’s leading experts on the history and regulation of energy markets, he has testified before the U.S. Congress and the California Energy Commission, as well as lectured at numerous colleges, universities, and think tanks around the country. Bradley is a visiting fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, an honorary research fellow at the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, and an adjunct scholar at both the Cato Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Bradley received a BA in economics from Rollins College, where he also won the S. Truman Olin Award in economics, an MA in economics from the University of Houston, and a PhD in political economy from International College. In 2002 he received the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award for his work on energy and sustainable development.
Peter Boettke
Peter Boettke is Deputy Director of the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, and Editor of the Review of Austrian Economics. He received his BA in economics from Grove City College and his PhD in economics from George Mason University, and he has held faculty positions at Oakland University, Manhattan College and New York University. In addition, he has been a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Visiting Professor at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems, Stockholm School of Economics, Central European University in Prague and Charles University in Prague. Former President of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, he is the recipient of the Golden Dozen Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University.
Scott Beaulier
Scott Beaulier is the Adams-Bibby Chair of Free Enterprise and Executive Director of the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University. Before coming to Troy, he was the Department Chair and BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Mercer University. He earned his PhD in Economics from George Mason University in 2004. His BA in Economics and History (2000) is from Northern Michigan University. Scott is the author of a number of academic articles that focus on issues in development economics and political economy. He has also published a number of opinion editorial pieces in outlets that include The Wall Street Journal and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and he frequently appears on local radio and television networks. In addition to his scholarly activities, Scott is a dedicated teacher who has won a number of teaching awards in the past few years.
Nigel Ashford
Nigel Ashford is senior program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. He joined IHS from the United Kingdom where he was professor of politics and Jean Monnet Scholar in European Integration at Staffordshire University, England. Dr. Ashford has also directed the Principles for a Free Society Project at the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in Sweden, and was a Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation and Visiting Scholar at the Social and Philosophy Policy Center in Bowling Green. He is a recipient of the International Anthony Fisher Trust Prize for published work which strengthens public understanding of the political economy of the free society. Dr. Ashford was also Chairman of the American Politics Group of the United Kingdom. He has lectured in 16 countries. He is author of Principles for a Free Society (Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, 1999, 2003), which is available in six languages. He is co-author of US Politics Today (Manchester University Press, 1999); Public Policy and the Impact of the New Right (St Martin's Press, 1994) and A Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991), and numerous articles on how ideas influence US politics. Dr. Ashford works on many of the Institute's educational programs, teaches at summer seminars, liaises with the IHS faculty network, produces regular academic newsletters for faculty and graduate students, and provides academic career advice to graduate students.
Jonathan H. Adler
Jonathan H. Adler is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law. Professor Adler is the author or editor of four books and his articles have appeared in publications ranging from The Harvard Environmental Law Review and Supreme Court Economic Review to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Professor Adler is a contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to the popular legal blog, “The Volokh Conspiracy". In 2004, Professor Adler received the Paul M. Bator Award, given annually by the Federalist Society for Law and Policy Studies to an academic under 40 for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and commitment to students, and in 2007, the Case Western Reserve University Law Alumni Association awarded Professor Adler their annual “Distinguished Teacher Award.” Professor Adler has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, ranging from the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and NPR's Talk of the Nation to the Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor and Entertainment Tonight. Prior to joining the faculty at Case Western, Professor Adler clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and director of environmental studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He holds a BA magna cum laude from Yale University and a JD summa cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law.
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