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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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2015-2016 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. 

Spring 2016

March 18-20 - Weekend Reading Symposium (co-sponsored by IHS) led by Michelle Vachris. Dr. Vachris is a Professor of Economics at Christopher Newport University.

March 21-25 - Adam Smith Week

Our annual Adam Smith Week will be held on March 21-25, 2016. We have an exciting series of guest talks, lectures, roundtables, and panel discussions. Here is a sneak peek at this spring's Adam Smith Week schedule.

Adam Smith Week 2016

March 21 

6:00pm - Michelle Vachris' talk "Pride and Profit: The Intersection of Jane Austen and Adam Smith"
Wells Fargo Auditorium

March 22 

1:40pm - Chris Coyne and Chris Day: Roundtable on political economy of conflict
Wells Fargo Auditorium

6:00pm Chris Coyne's talk: "What Can Adam Smith Teach Us About Foreign Intervention?” (co-sponsored by the Bastiat Society) 
Tate 202

March 23 

2:00pm "Entrepreneurship in Practice." A Panel Discussion featuring Carl Schramm, Kelly Shaver, and David Wyman (co-sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship) 
Tate 202

6:00pm Carl Schramm's talk "The Entrepreneur in the Eyes of Adam Smith" (co-sponsored by Young Americans for Liberty)
Wells Fargo Auditorium

March 24 

1:40pm Alex Tabarrok's guest lecture "See the Invisible Hand"
Wells Fargo Auditorium

6:00pm Alex Tabarrok's talk "What's Democracy Good For? Voting Paradoxes & the Theory of Democracy"
Wells Fargo Auditorium

March 25

12:00pm (noon) "What can you do with an economics major?" Alumni Panel Discussion
Tate 202

Full Calendar

Recent Events

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. 
Location: Wells Fargo Auditorium, Beatty Center

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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