The John H. Schnatter Institute for
Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise past speakers:
The Commons: A Tragedy or an Opportunity?
SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
Topic ~ Must the geologic record of humanity’s time on earth be a record of ecological tragedy? Many would say that without centralized, coordinated planning the answer will surely be yes. But Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom’s work on strategies for successful cooperative outcomes in commons, which closely parallel the lessons of constitutional political economy, suggest ways to reach better outcomes. Will we pay heed to those lessons?
Ross B. Emmett is a professor in James Madison College at Michigan State University (MSU) and co-director of the college's Michigan Center for Innovation & Economic Prosperity.
Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Health of Nations
OCTOBER 2, 2017
Topic ~ This lecture discusses the concept and measurement of economic freedom in the Economic Freedom of the World index. Which countries are the freest economically and which are the most centrally planned? And why does economic freedom matter for the wealth and health of nations?
Robert Lawson holds the Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom and is director of the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business.
A Report on Red State Economics
NOVEMBER 28, 2017
Topic ~ Dr. Goldsby will share his observations of state trends and issues in entrepreneurship and free enterprise from his ongoing work in Indiana communities.
Michael Goldsby, PhD is the Chief Entrepreneurship Officer, Executive Director of the John H. Schnatter Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise, the Stoops Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Professor of Management. His video series “The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit” is distributed worldwide by the Great Courses.
Economics, Entrepreneurship, and the Market Economy
November 10, 2016
Steven shares his insights about how the central model of much of modern microeconomics, so-called “perfect competition,” has little space for anything like the entrepreneur. One major reason is that such models make very strong assumptions about the knowledge of consumers and producers. As critics of the mainstream models have developed alternative theories that emphasize the limits to our knowledge, they have been better able to articulate the entrepreneur’s role. Entrepreneurs operating in competitive markets help us to discover what consumers want and how best to provide it for them. They are the prime movers in enabling humans to overcome our dispersed and limited knowledge and thereby coordinate markets, generate economic growth, and contribute to human progress.
Entrepreneurship and the Regressive Effects of Economic Regulations
December 1, 2016
This talk will explore the regressive effects of a number of economic regulations and argue that the entrepreneurship unleashed in free markets is the best way to improve the lives of the poor. In competitive markets, entrepreneurs profit by acting on opportunities to reorganize existing resources in ways that create more value for consumers. Profit is their half of a mutually beneficial exchange. However, when misguided regulations make it harder for entrepreneurs to create value in the market, two things happen. First, entrepreneurs shift their activity to doing the things that please politicians and regulators, not consumers. And second, the regulatory interventions that result inevitably harm us all as consumers, but particularly the least well off.
About the Speaker
Steven has written extensively on Austrian economics, Hayekian political economy, monetary theory and history, and American economic history. His work has been published in professional journals such as History of Political Economy, Southern Economic Journal, and The Cambridge Journal of Economics.
The author of numerous op-eds, Horwitz is also a frequent guest on TV and radio programs, and has a series of popular YouTube videos for the Learn Liberty series from the Institute for Humane Studies. He is the author of nationally-recognized public policy research on Hurricane Katrina for the Mercatus Center. Horwitz blogs at “Bleeding Heart Libertarians” and writes regularly for FEE.org. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, he has a PhD in Economics from George Mason University and an AB in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Michigan. Horwitz has spoken to professional, student, and general audiences on four continents. Currently, he holds positions as the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and is the Visiting Economist for the John H. Schnatter Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.
Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order (Westview, 1992)
Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective (Routledge, 2000)
Hayek's Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
For more information about the speaker visit:
Personal page: https://www.facebook.com/steve.horwitz
Public figure page: https://www.facebook.com/steve.horwitz
Steven's blogs: bleedingheartlibertarians.com
Article archive here: https://fee.org/people/steven-horwitz/