Free Market Speaker Series

Each semester we invite speakers from the business and academic world who address the underlying principles of a market economy. Students, faculty, alumni, and the Charleston business community are invited to attend our events.

Fall 2019

Dr. Anne Bradley: "Political Economy of Al-Qaeda"
September 11, 2019; 6:00pm
Wells Fargo Auditorium

About the talk
Dr. Anne Bradley will open the 2019-2020 Free Market Speaker Series. Join us Wednesday, September 11th at 6 PM in Wells Fargo Auditorium, Beatty Center, School of Business, for Dr. Bradley’s presentation on the Political Economy of Al-Qaeda.

About the speaker
Dr. Bradley is a George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and Academic Director at The Fund for American Studies.

Anne Bradley

Climate Change: Is a carbon tax a solution?
October 10, 2019; 6:00pm
Robert Scott Small 235

About the talk
The Panel will include Professor Reed Watson of Clemson University's Hayek Center for the Business of Prosperity and John E. Walker Department of Economics, Professor Matt Nowlin of College of Charleston's Political Science Department and Mark Gould the Charleston Area Coordinator of the Citizen's Climate Lobby.

About the speakers
Professor Watson's research examines the economics of natural resource management, focusing on the legal institutions governing public lands, water, and wildlife resources.

Mr. Gould devotes the bulk of his research and writing to the issue of climate change and serves on the National Research Council resiliency task force for the city of Charleston.

Dr. Nowlin's teaching and research interests are in Public Policy, particularly the policymaking process, environmental policy, and energy policy.

Carbon Tax Panel

Dr. Claudia Williamson: "Unveiling the Mystery of Property Rights and Capital Formation"
November 7, 2019; 6:45pm
Wells Fargo Auditorium

About the talk
De Soto’s work can be viewed as providing two separate testable hypotheses: 1) property rights impact development by altering the ability and incentives for capital formation, and 2) land titling provides the means to secure property rights. If de Soto is correct, we would expect that an increase in secure property rights would be associated with an increase in access to credit markets and an increase in capital formation. Further, we would expect that a comprehensive land titling system would allow property holdings to serve as collateral for loans and grant access to enforcement. This talk will discuss both of de Soto’s hypotheses in order to verify the specific mechanisms through which secure property rights influence development and the ability for land titling to secure property rights.

About the speaker
Claudia R. Williamson is an Associate Professor of Economics and the Drew Allen Endowed Fellow at Mississippi State University. She is also Co-Director of the Institute for Market Studies. Her research focuses on applied microeconomics, the role of culture in development, and the political economy of development policies. She has authored over 35 articles in refereed journals including the Journal of Law and Economics, World Development, Journal of Comparative Economics, Public Choice, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Institutional Economics, European Journal of Political Economy, Defense and Peace Economics, and the Southern Economic Journal.

Claudia Williamson

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