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Center for Public Choice and Market Process

The Center for Public Choice & Market Process is funded by BB&T and the Koch Foundation and is designed to examine and stimulate discussion of the following topics:

  • The role of government institutions in a capitalist society
  • The relationship between government and the individual
  • The relationship between political and economic freedom
  • The moral structure of a free market economy

The success of the Center for Public Choice & Market Process depends on the support of foundations and private individuals who share its commitment to advancing the understanding and appreciation of the system of free minds and free markets.

We are deeply grateful to all who support our venture.

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annual report2015-2016 Annual Report

With the close of another academic year we wanted to take an opportunity to share the 2015-2016 Center for Public Choice & Market Process Annual Report.  The advocacy and support of our participants and many others is a major reason for our continued success. Take a look at the Annual Report 2015-16 showcasing events organized by the Center. 

The Myth of the Rational VoterFall 2016


August-November - Economics Book Colloquium. The group led by Professor Jordan Ragusa will discuss Bryan Caplan's The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies. This book challenges the view that voters act reasonably and can be trusted to make decisions in a balot box. Space is limited. Join the book colloquium today.

September 16-17

registrationWeekend Exploring Liberty (co-sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies). Students will participate in discussions about liberty and free society. Panels will be led by Professor Michael D. Thomas (Creignton University), Professor John Hasnas (Georgetown University), and Professor Mark LeBar (Florida State University). Register to participate today.

September 28

6:00pm - BB&T Speaker Series presents Professor Bryan Caplan (George Mason University): A Radical Case for Open Borders
Wells Fargo Auditorium

October 14

6:00pm - public talk by Professor Alex Padilla: Do Immigration Policies Make Economic Sense?
Wells Fargo Auditorium

October 15

8am-6pm - Weekend Reading Seminar - The Economics of Immigration (co-sponsored by IHS) led by Professor Alex Padilla. The Seminar participants will engage in in-depth discussions in a Socratic style about the books read ahead of time.
Wells Fargo Auditorium

Full Calendar

Recent Events

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: 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
"Entrepreneurship in Practice." A Panel Discussion featuring Carl Schramm, Kelly Shaver, and David Wyman (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 -
"What can you do with an economics major?" Alumni Panel Discussion

February 11, 2016 - Mike Munger's guest lecture "Tomorrow 3.0: The Transaction Cost Revolution" as part of BB&T Free Market Process Series. Dr. Munger is a Professor of Political Science at Duke University.

February 16, 2016 - Sean Mullholland's guest lecture on minimum wage and income mobility. Dr. Mullholland is an Associate Professor of Economics at Stonehill College

On October 14, 2015 Professor Randy Simmons  discussed free market environmentalism as an approach to dealing with environmental problems. His latest book manuscript is "Political Ecology: Politics, Economics and the Endangered Species Act."

On October 9, 2015 Adam Martin discussed the consequences of citizen decisions of voice and exit for individual liberty. The public talk entitled "Voice, Exit, and the Meaning of Democracy" was a part of The  Weekend Reading Symposium co-sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies.

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

On September 18-19, we co-sponsored the Weekend Exploring Liberty Seminar together with Institute for Humane Studies. 

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