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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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Spring 2017

We have a a number of exciting events planned for Spring 2017. Here is a sneak peak at our events.

  • February 3, 2017 @ 6pm - "Barbarians at the Gate: Did Immigrants Deteriorate the US Institutions" - public talk by Professor Alex Padilla
  • February 4, 2017- Weekend Reading Seminar on Immigration with Professor Alex Padilla 
  • February 17-18 - International Students for Liberty Conference (Washington DC)
  • Economics Book Colloquium - meets every other Wednesday, starting on January 25, 2017

Adam Smith Week (March 19-25)

March 19, 2017

2pm-4pm - "Professionalism, Email Etiquette, and Reception-Style Etiquette" - workshop with Candace Smith

March 20, 2017

1:30-2:30pm - "Experimental economics" - panel discussion with Bart Wilson (Professor of Economics and Law at Chapman University), Vernon Smith (Professor of Economics at Chapman University), and Calvin Blackwell (Professor of Economics at the College of Charleston).
Wells Fargo Auditorium

6:00pm - "Adam Smith in the Lab" - public talk by Bart Wilson (Professor of Economics and Law at Chapman University)
Wells Fargo Auditorium

March 21, 2017

1:30-2:30pm - "Post Disaster" - public talk by Virgil Storr (Associate Professor of Economics, George Mason University)

6:00pm - "Morality of Capitalism" - public talk by Virgil Storr (Associate Professor of Economics, George Mason University)
Wells Fargo Auditorium

March 22, 2017

6:00pm - "Can We Appreciate the Morality of the Market?" - public talk by Dwight Lee (Research Fellow at The Independent Institute)
Wells Fargo Auditorium

March 23, 2017

1:30-2:30pm - "Markets in Everything" -  public talk by Sahar Akhtar (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Virginia)
Wells Fargo Auditorium

March 24, 2017

12:30-1:30pm - "Why Major in Economics" -  Panel Discussion with Calvin Blackwell ( Professor of Economics, College of Charleston) and CofC Economics Graduates
Location TBD

Full Calendar

Past Events

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

September 16-17
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"

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.

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.

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