Fall 2017 Speaker Series
Inequality, Mobility, and Being Poor in America
Speaker: Steve Horwitz September 28, 4 p.m. Whitewater Hall 132
Steven Horwitz is the John H. Schnatter Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise in the Department of Economics in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. He is also an Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center in Arlington, VA, and a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute of Canada. He is the author of three books, including most recently Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions. He has written extensively on Hayek and Austrian economics, monetary theory and history, and American economic history, and is a frequent guest on radio and cable TV programs.
The Not So Wild, Wild West: Property Rights and the Frontier
Speaker: P.J. Hill October 10, 4 p.m. Whitewater Hall 132
P. J. Hill is Professor of Economics Emeritus at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois and a Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, where he currently resides. He is the co-author, with Terry L. Anderson and Douglass North, of Growth and Welfare in the American Past; with Terry Anderson of The Birth of a Transfer Society; and also with Terry Anderson of The Not So Wild, Wild West: Property Rights on the Frontier. He has also authored numerous articles on the theory of property rights and institutional change and has edited six books on environmental economics.
Changes in immigration policy: Civil War to Immigration Act of 1924
Speaker: Zachary Gochenour October 30, 4 p.m. Tom Raper Hall 124
Dr. Gochenour grew up in Virginia and earned his bachelor degrees in Economics and Mathematics from George Mason University. He worked as a systems engineer in Baltimore, MD before earning his Ph.D. in Economics at George Mason. He has worked at Western Carolina University and now works at James Madison University. His research interests are in political economy and economic history. He lives with his wife and daughter in Harrisonburg, VA.
Spring 2018 Speaker Series
Economic Freedom and Well Being: What is the Relationship?
Speaker: Joshua C. Hall Feburary 12, 2018, 4 p.m. Tom Raper Hall 124
Joshua C. Hall is an associate professor of economics and Director of the Center for Free Enterprise in the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. He earned his bachelor and master degrees in economics from Ohio University and his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 2007. Prior to returning to his alma mater, he was the Elbert H. Neese, Jr. Professor of Economics at Beloit College. Prof. Hall is a Past President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and is also a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute. He is author of over 100 articles in journals such as Public Choice, Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Public Finance Review, Southern Economic Journal, and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
Equal Pay for Equal Work?
Speaker: Angela Dills March 19, 2018, 4 p.m. Tom Raper Hall 124
Angela Dills is the Gimelstob-Landry Distinguished Professor of Regional Economic Development at Western Carolina University. She received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University. She previously held faculty positions at Clemson University, Mercer University, Wellesley College, and Providence College. Specializing in the economics of education, crime, and health, her research focuses on policy issues such as school choice, accountability, peer effects, college quality, and alcohol and drug prohibition. This research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Health Economics, Economic Inquiry, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and the Economics of Education Review. She lives in Franklin, NC with her economist-husband and three children.
How Economists Helped End the Draft
Speaker: David R. Henderson April 18, 2018, 4 p.m. Tom Raper Hall 124
David R. Henderson is an Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and a Research Fellow with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He was previously a senior economist with President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers. David is the editor of The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, author of The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey and co-author of Making Great Decisions in Business and Life. He has written over 300 articles for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune, Los Angeles Times, Reason, and other publications. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. He has appeared on C-SPAN, CNN, PBS, the John Stossel show, the O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC, NPR, CBC, RT, and the BBC. He was born and raised in Canada before coming to the United States in 1972 to get his Ph.D. at UCLA.