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Spring 2017

April 5, 2017

Panel Discussion with Brian Norris (Citadel), Stephen Gilchrist (SC African-American Chamber of Commerce) and Susan Dunn (American Civil Liberties Union) "Economic Impact of Police & Civilian Hostile Interactions." Co-sponsored by the Bastiat Society.

March 19-24, 2017 - Adam Smith Week

Etiquette Seminars  “Socializing at Professional and Networking Events" and “Presenting Your Best Self" led by Candace Smith.

Panel discussion "From A to V: Experimenting with the Theory of Moral Sentiments." Bart Wilson (Chapman University), Vernon Smith (Chapman University), and Calvin Blackwell (College of Charleston).

Bart Wilson (Chapman University) "Adam Smith in the 21st Century Lab."

Virgil Storr (George Mason University) "Entrepreneurship and Community Revival in the Wake of Disaster."

Virgil Storr (George Mason University) "Can Markets be Defended on Social and Moral Grounds?"

Movie and discussion with Dwight Lee (The Independent Institute) and Peter Calcagno (College of Charleston) "The Real Adam Smith."

Sahar Akhtar (University of Virginia) "Why Religious and Racial Immigration Bans are Wrong."

Dwight Lee (The Independent Institute) "Market Skeptics are Hard to Please: Can Adam Smith Help?" Co-sponsored by the Bastiat Society.

Panel discussion with Calvin Blackwell (College of Charleston) and CofC Economics Alumni "Why Major in Economics?"

February 4, 2017

Weekend Reading Seminar "The Economics of Immigration" with Professor Alex Padilla

February 3, 2017

Public talk by  Alex Padilla (Metropolitan University of Denver) "Barbarians at the Gate: Did Immigrants Deteriorate the US Institutions?" Part of Weekend Reading Seminar.

Fall 2016

September 28, 2016
Bryan Caplan's public talk (George Mason University) "A Radical Case for Open Borders." Part of BB&T Speaker Series.

September 16-17, 2016
Weekend Exploring Liberty "Classical Liberal Perspectices in Law, Philosophy, and Economics." Panels led by Michael D. Thomas (Creighton University), John Hasnas (Georgetown University), and Mark LeBar (Florida State University). Co-sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies.

September 15, 2016
John Hasnas' (Georgetown University) public talk "The First Amendment Doesn’t Guarantee the Right to Freedom of Speech"

Spring 2016

March 21, 2016
Michelle Vachris' talk "Pride and Profit: The Intersection of Jane Austen and Adam Smith"

March 22, 2016
Chris Coyne and Chris Day's roundtable on political economy of conflict
Chris Coyne's talk "What Can Adam Smith Teach Us About Foreign Intervention?” (co-sponsored by the Bastiat Society)

March 23, 2016
Carl Schramm, Kelly Shaver, and David Wyman's panel discussion "Entrepreneurship in Practice." Co-sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship.
Carl Schramm's talk "The Entrepreneur in the Eyes of Adam Smith." Co-sponsored by Young Americans for Liberty.

March 24, 2016  
Alex Tabarrok's guest lecture "See the Invisible Hand"
Alex Tabarrok's talk "What's Democracy Good For? Voting Paradoxes & the Theory of Democracy"

March 25, 2016
Alumni Panel Discussion "What can you do with an economics major?"

February 11, 2016
Mike Munger's guest lecture "Tomorrow 3.0: The Transaction Cost Revolution" as part of BB&T Free Market Process Series.

February 16, 2016
Sean Mullholland's guest lecture on minimum wage and income mobility.

Fall 2015

October 14, 2015
Randy Simmons'  talk on free market environmentalism as an approach to dealing with environmental problems.

October 9, 2015
Adam Martin's public talk "Voice, Exit, and the Meaning of Democracy." Part of the  Weekend Reading Symposium co-sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies.

October 9-11, 2015
The Reading Symposium "From Federalism to Public Choice" brought together 35 students who participated in in-depth discussions classical works on free society. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies.

September 18-19, 2015
Weekend Exploring Liberty Seminar. Co-sponsored by Institute for Humane Studies.

Spring 2015

March 16, 2015
Roberta Herzberg, Distinguished Senior Fellow in F.A. Hayek Program at Mercatus Center at George Mason University

March 17, 2015
Alexei Marcoux, Associate Professor of Business Ethics in the School of Business Administration at Loyola University Chicago.

March 18, 2015
Art Carden, Associate Professor of Economics at Samford University's Brock School of Business.

Fall 2014

September 30, 2014
Timur Kuran, Professor of Economics and Political Science, and Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, "The Political Consequences of Islam's Economic Legacy."

October 17, 2014
John Cerasuolo, Chairman of the Beacon Center of Tennessee, President and CEO of ADS Security, "The Role of Business Leaders in Preserving a Free Society"

Spring 2014

Joe Scarlett, Former CEO of Tractor Supply Company, The Role of Leadership and Ethics in Business Practices (4/1/14)

Adam Smith Week was March 17-21st

Fall 2013

Lunch with Nikolai Wenzel - (11/05/13)

Fates of Rebels: Insurgent Survival in Africa - (9/20/13)

Nigel Ashford - (9/4/13)

Annual Report 2012-2013

Spring 2013

Lunch with Brad Hobbs (4/5/13)

5th Annual Adam Smith Week March 18-22, 2013

Virtue and the Market: A Reading Seminar

April 5-6 2013 at Clemson University

Jerry Jordan (2/26/13)

Reading Seminar 2013

Fall 2012  

January 31-February 2 "Hayek and Mises on Socialism, Knowledge, and Bureaucracy" 

Initiative for Public Choice & Market Process Receives 2012 Templeton Freedom Award.

Yaron Brook and Tamara Draut Debate (11/08/12)

Lunch with John Hardin from the Koch Foundation (10/23/12)

Economic Incentives: A Roundtable Discussion Capitalism or Corporate Welfare? (10/25/12)

IHS Weekend Seminar (10/19/12 - 10/20/12)

Initiative for Public Choice & Market Process Receives 2012 Templeton Freedom Award. (10/03/12)

David Nott, Government Debt and Deficit (10/03/12)

Dr. Wayne Leighton: "Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers: The People Who Drive Political Change, and How They Do It." (09/18/12)

Annual Report 2011-2012

Spring 2012

4th Annual Adam Smith Week

"Why (Non-Austrian) Economics Can't Explain the Modern World" 

Deirdre McCloskey- BB&T Free Market Process Speaker Series (3/1/12)

"The Practical Impact of the Federal Reserve on Decision Making in Large Financial Institutions"

John Allison - "The Practical Impact of the Federal Reserve on Decision Making in Large Financial Institutions" (2/9/12)

Author Roundtable The Declaration of Independents

Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch (10/11/12)

"Friendship and Commercial Soiceties"

Neera Badhwar - Philosopy & Political Economy Series (9/20/12)

Fall 2011

"Federal Reserve Policy and the Financial Crisis"

Larry White - "Federal Reserve Policy and the the Financial Crisis" (9/19/11)

With the close of another academic year check out all that the Initiative for Public Choice & Market Process accomplished.

2010-2011 Annual Report

Congratulations to our BB&T Entrerprise Award Winners for 2010-2011

First Place $1,000: Shannon Kelly, Economics Major "To Protect Us From Ourselves"

Second Place $600: Joseph Berger, Economic and History Major "Sober Island"

Third Place $300: Christopher Pecora, Business Administration "The Economics of Vice"

Spring 2011

"South Carolina Fairtax: Making Our Business More Competitive"

John Stienberger - Adam Smith Week (3/25/11)

"Adam Smith's Critique of the Free Market Economy"

Spenser Pack - Adam Smith Week (3/24/11)

"Economic Development: The Power of the Poor"

Student-Led Roundtable discussion (3/23/11)

"Crony Capitalism vs. Real Capitalism: Can markets and Morality Mix?" (Video)

Russell Roberts - Adam Smith Week (3/23/11)

"The Adam Smith Problem: Can Markets and Morality Mix?" (Video)

James Otteson - Adam Smith Week (3/22/11)

"Rethinking Microfinance: Coming to Grips with Market Forces" (Video)

Scott Pearson - Adam Smith Week (3/21/11) 

"Why Major in Economics and Finance?"

Economics and Finance faculty (3/21/11 and 3/24/11)

"The Economics of Everything" (Video)

Jodi Beggs - Graduate Student, Harvard University (3/3/11)

"Can Selfishness be Moral?"

Tara Smith - BB&T Free Market Process Speaker Series (2/24/11)

Fall 2010

"Whose Garden Was this? Property Rights and the Environment" (Video)

Bruce Yandle - BB&T Free Market Process Speaker Series (11/3/10)

"Fashion and Copyright: In Defense of Design Copying" (Video)

Edward J. Lopez Associate Professor of Economics San Jose State University (10/26/10)

"The Role of Glamour in Political Economy" (Video) 

Virginia Postrel - BB&T Free Market Process Speaker Series (10/6/10)

Getting Into Grad School (9/24/10)

* Get information on graduate programs in economics, finance, and/or law for economics majors
* Advice from recent grads & grad students
* Open forum – ask questions
* Economics and Finance faculty will give advice on…
* deciding whether grad school is for you
* choosing a program
* how to prepare: prerequisites; applications; GRE/GMAT/LSAT; getting funding

Fall 2010 Book Colloquium

This semester we will be comparing Pete Leeson's 'The Invisible Hook', taking the journey through the wily world of 17th and 18th century pirates and'Uncommon Sense' by Gary Becker & Richard Posner looking at economic insight from issues varying from marriage to terrorism. 

2009 - 2010 Annual Report

Spring 2010

"The Growth of Government and the Future of American Capitalism"
Lunch with ... Dan Mitchell, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute (4/2/10) (Pictures)

Adam Smith Week 2010: An Exploration of Political Economy and the Invisible Hand
March 22-26

  • "Free Trade vs. Fair Trade"
    Student Debate (3/22/10)
  • "How can a Market System be Moral When the Invisible Hand is Not Moral?"
    Dr. Jennifer Baker Assistant Professor of Philosophy College of Charleston (3/23/10) (Pictures)
  • "National Debt Crisis: Does it Depend on Politics?"
    Dr. Peter Calcagno Associate Professor of Economics College of Charleston (3/23/10) (Pictures)
  • "The Call of the Entrepreneur"
    Movie presentation (3/24/10)
  • "Freedom and its Enemies"
    Mr. John Stossel of Fox Business Network (3/25/10) (Pictures)
  • Why Major in Economics and Finance?
    Opportunity for student to learn about majoring in economics and finance (3/26/10) 
  • BB&T Free Enterprise Award 2009-10 Winners  

          1st Place: Nicholas Diego Read the winning essay (3/27/09)
          2nd Place: Charles Wells
          3rd Place: Stephanie Ann Rhodes

  "The Economics of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow"

 Dr. Peter Boettke BB&t Free Market Process Speaker Series (2/16/10)

 "Death by Debt: The End of America the Great"
Mallory Factor
BB&t Free Market Process Speaker Series (2/2/10) (Video)

Fall 2009

Four CofC Business Professors Contribute to Unleashing Capitalism: A Prescription for Economic Prosperity

"Sweat Shop Wages and Third World Workers: Are the Jobs Worth the Sweat" Dr. Benjamin Powell BB&T Free Market Process Speaker Series (11/19/09)

 "A Night that Shook the World"

The Initiative for Public Choice & Market Process joins The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, The German Program, and the Global Business Resource Center to present: A roundtable discussion commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (11/11/09)

Koch Associates Program information session with Steve Sweet and Thom Russell (9/14/09)

Getting into Grad School Information seminar for students interested in grad school in economics

Webinar with Lawrence W. Reed - "Adam Smith, Free Trade and the Birth of Economics"
Live internet lecture (9/8/09)

2008-2009 Annual Report

Spring 2009

We are now on Facebook. Look us up and become a fan of the initiative
Search for the initiative on Facebook (5/7/09)
"Principled Leadership"
Mr. John A. Allison, IV BB&T Free Market Process Speaker Series (Pictures) (Video) (4/8/09)

Adam Smith Week 2009: An Exploration of Political Economy and the Invisible Hand
March 23-27

          1st Place: Patrick Lynch Read the winning essay (3/27/09)
          2nd Place: Kenneth Chadler
          3rd Place: Nicholas Diego

"Great Myths of the Great Depression"
Lunch with ... Lawrence Reed, President of FEE (2/4/09)

"Three Parables of Pricing: Gouging, Recycling, and the Bendy Bus"
Dr. Michael Munger BB&T Free Market Process and Speaker Series (Pictures) (Video) (1/29/09) 

New Economic Discussion Seminar to start in spring

Fall 2008

Charles G. Koch Charitable FoundationContributes to the initiative.

"Economic Freedom, Entrepreneurship, and Prosperity"
Video of Dr. Russ Sobel's BB&T Free Market Process and Speaker Series talk (11/3/08)

Economic Situation Report
Economist Bruce Yandle from Clemson provides insight on South Carolina and the current financial crisis (11/3/08)

Fed Exec: It's not the worst of times
Post & Courier coverage of Dr. Gerald Dwyer BB&T Speaker Series talk (10/25/08)

Dr. Dwyer's BB&T Free Market Process Speaker Series
Pictures from the reception with Dr. Gerald Dwyer (10/23/08)

ABC News coverage of BB&T Speaker Series
ABC News interview with Dr. Gerald Dwyer after BB&T Speaker Series (10/23/08)

BB&T Establishes Research Intiative at College of Charleston
College of Charleston Press Release (9/11/08)

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