Undergraduate Speaker Series

The FAU Undergraduate Economics Speakers Series brings economists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders from across the United States to share their expertise with FAU students, faculty, alumni and Boca Raton community. The speakers provide valuable new perspectives which enrich the learning experience of students. The FAU Undergraduate Economic Speakers Series is free and open to the public. In addition, if you would like to recommend a candidate for the Undergraduate Speaker Series, please contact Dr. Escaleras at mescaler@fau.edu or 561-297-1312.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 2:00pm – 3:20pm in College of Business room BU-120

Dr. Joshua Hall

Economic Speaker Series - Dr. Joshua HallDr. Joshua Hall is an Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Free Enterprise at West Virginia University. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University. Dr. Hall's areas of interest include applied microeconomics, with an emphasis on economic freedom, state and local public finance and entrepreneurship. In addition to being the author of more than 50 articles in journals such as Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Public Administration, Research, and Theory, Contemporary Economic Policy, and Southern Economic Journal, he is co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World annual report. 

 

Title: "Economic Freedom and Well-Being: Tradeoffs or Free Lunches?"

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018

Time: 2:00pm – 3:20pm

Location: College of Business Room BU-120

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 2:00pm – 3:20pm in College of Business room BU-120

Dr. Mike Munger

Economic Speaker Series - Dr. Mike MungerMichael Munger, is a renowned economist and political theorist at Duke University and a former candidate for the office of governor of North Carolina. Professor Munger received his Ph.D. in Economics at Washington University in St. Louis in 1984. Following his graduate training, he worked as a staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission. His first teaching job was in the economics department at Dartmouth College, followed by appointments in the political science department at the University of Texas at Austin (1986-1990) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1990-1997). At UNC, he directed the master’s degree program in public affairs, which trains public service professionals, especially in city and county management.

He moved to Duke in 1997 and was chair of the political science department from 2000 through 2010. He has won three university-wide teaching awards and currently is director of the interdisciplinary Philosophy-Politics-Economics Program at Duke. His research interests include the morality of exchange and how legislative institutions work in producing policy. Following his graduate training, he worked as a staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission. His first teaching job was in the Economics Department at Dartmouth College, followed by appointments in the Political Science Department at the University of Texas at Austin (1986-1990) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1990-1997). At UNC he directed the MPA Program, which trains public service professionals, especially city and county management.

He moved to Duke in 1997, and he is currently the director of Undergraduate Studies and director of the interdisciplinary PPE Program at Duke University. He has won three University-wide teaching awards (the Howard Johnson Award, an NAACP "Image" Award for teaching about race, and admission to the Bass Society of Teaching Fellows).

Title:
"Lifeboat Minds in a Walmart World: Can Entrepreneurs be Virtuous?"
Date:
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Time:
2:00pm – 3:20pm
Location:
College of Business Room BU-120

 

Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm in College of Business room BU-120

Dr. Florence Neymotin

Economic Speaker Series - Dr. Florence Neymotin

Dr. Florence Neymotin, is an Associate Professor of Economics at Nova Southeastern University. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and her B.S. in Economics from the Honors Program at The Ohio State University. Of particular note, at Ohio State, Florence received the Edwin L. Smart Prize for superior academic achievement, awarded yearly to the top student in economics at the university. At Berkeley, she received numerous grants, including the normative time fellowship, the International House grant, and UCLA's education study grant. At Berkeley, Florence worked on research and was formally trained by the world-renowned Clark Medalist and economist Dr. David E. Card.

Before joining Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Neymotin worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Kansas State University, as a Research Fellow at the University of Kansas, and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Berkeley and NBER New York.

Her academic research areas are entrepreneurship, education, health and social capital. Dr. Neymotin's work has been published in leading journals as well as it has been mentioned in various outlets of the popular press and in state-level legal debates.

Title:
"Small Startups: What We Know"
Date:
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time:
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Location:
College of Business Room BU-120

 

Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm in College of Business room BU-120

Dr. Stephan F. Gohmann

Economic Speaker Series - Stephan F. Gohmann

Stephan F. Gohmann, Ph.D. is endowed professor of economics at the University of Louisville College of Business. He teaches courses in the economics of strategy, health economics and labor economics. As the BB&T Distinguished Professor in Free Enterprise, Gohmann is developing and teaching the economics course, The Moral Foundations of Capitalism, and participating in community outreach efforts to discuss these concepts with diverse audiences. An award-winning instructor and researcher, Gohmann has been a member of the economics faculty since 1988.

Gohmann’s research interests include health cost analysis, preventive treatments, consumer health choices, insurance coverage, and health policy. Research projects include the analysis and development of a performance measurement management and reporting system to aid in continuing best practices in government health services contracting; an analysis of the cost of a monitoring system for patients with congestive heart failure; and a decision analysis for cesarean sections to prevent injury to both the mother and child.

He is the author and co-author of several scholarly publications in journals including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Medical Care, Journal of Private Enterprise, and Public Finance Review.

Title:
"Role of Government in Promoting Entrepreneurship"
Date:
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time:
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Location
College of Business Room BU-120

 

Friday, September 16, 2016 from 3:30pm – 4:45pm in College of Business room BU-120

Dr. Jennifer Arlen

Economic Speaker Series - Dr. Jennifer Arlen

Jennifer Arlen is Professor of Law at New York University and is one of the nation’s leading scholars on corporate liability, medical malpractice, and experimental law and economics. She also is the Director of the Center for Law, Economics and Organization. She has been a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology, Harvard Law School, and Yale Law School, and was Professor of Law and Business at USC before coming to NYU.

Arlen received her BA in economics from Harvard College and her JD and PhD in economics from New York University. Professor Arlen's scholarship focuses on corporate liability, experimental economics, and medical malpractice. Professor Arlen has published over 50 articles and book chapters in leading scholarly publications, including the RAND Journal of Economics; Journal of Law, Economics and Organization; Journal of Legal Studies; Journal of Law and Economics; the Yale Law Journal; and the New York University Law Review. She teaches Business Crime, Corporations, and Regulation of Foreign Corrupt Practices.

Title:
"Corporate Criminal Enforcement: Using Carrots and Sticks to Turn Corporations from Criminals into Cops"
Date:
Friday, September 16, 2016
Time:
3:30pm – 4:45pm
Location
College of Business Room BU-120

 

Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 2:00pm – 3:20pm in College of Business room BU-120

Dr. Brad Hobbs

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BRADLEY K. HOBBS, BB&T Professor of Free Enterprise and Professor of Economics, received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1991. His research interests are wide ranging across finance and economics. Recent works address cost efficiency in long-term care institutions, the costs of AACSB faculty turnover, the effects of property rights on debt-for-nature swaps, an event study associated with the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, and pedagogical issues in the teaching of finance and economics.

Dr. Hobbs is a member of the Teaching Faculty for the Foundation for Teaching Economics and is engaged in seminars with The Liberty Fund. His intellectual interests are wide-ranging and include the philosophical foundations of free markets, property rights, and the relationship between economic freedoms and political democracy. Brad has been active in undergraduate research and served for seven years as the founding faculty advisor and editor for Issues in Political Economy. Brad teaches in our EMBA and MBA programs regularly.

Title:
"Capitalism - Friend or Foe of Humankind?"
Date:
Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Time:
2:00pm – 3:20pm
Location
College of Business Room BU-120

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 2:00pm – 3:20pm in College of Business room BU-120

Dr. Mike Munger

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Michael Munger, is a renowned economist and political theorist at Duke University and a former candidate for the office of governor of North Carolina. Professor Munger received his Ph.D. in Economics at Washington University in St. Louis in 1984. Following his graduate training, he worked as a staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission. His first teaching job was in the economics department at Dartmouth College, followed by appointments in the political science department at the University of Texas at Austin (1986-1990) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1990-1997). At UNC, he directed the master’s degree program in public affairs, which trains public service professionals, especially in city and county management.

He moved to Duke in 1997 and was chair of the political science department from 2000 through 2010. He has won three university-wide teaching awards and currently is director of the interdisciplinary Philosophy-Politics-Economics Program at Duke. His research interests include the morality of exchange and how legislative institutions work in producing policy. Following his graduate training, he worked as a staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission. His first teaching job was in the Economics Department at Dartmouth College, followed by appointments in the Political Science Department at the University of Texas at Austin (1986-1990) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1990-1997). At UNC he directed the MPA Program, which trains public service professionals, especially city and county management.

He moved to Duke in 1997, and was Chair of the Political Science Department from 2000 through 2010. He has won three University-wide teaching awards (the Howard Johnson Award, an NAACP "Image" Award for teaching about race, and admission to the Bass Society of Teaching Fellows). He is currently director of the interdisciplinary PPE Program at Duke University.

Munger’s recent books include “Choosing in Groups” (coauthored with his son, Kevin Munger) and “The Thing Itself,” both in 2015. His research interests include the study of the morality of exchange and the working of the new “Middleman Economy.” Much of his recent work has been in philosophy, examining the concept of truly voluntary exchange, a concept for which he coined the term "euvoluntary."His current project is a book entitled “Tomorrow 3.0,” excerpted here.

Title:
"Tomorrow 3.0: The Middleman Revolution"
Date:
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Time:
2:00pm – 3:20pm
Location
College of Business Room BU-120

 

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 from 2:00pm – 3:20pm in College of Business room BU-120

Dr. Dean Stansel

2015-10-06 Dr. Dean Stansel - Undergraduate Economic Speaker Series

Dean Stansel is an Associate Professor of Economics at Florida Gulf Coast University. He earned Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2002 and prior to entering academia, Stansel worked for seven years at the Cato Institute, where he authored (or coauthored) more than 60 publications on fiscal policy issues, including op-eds in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, and the Chicago Tribune. He also appeared on television and radio and testified before Congress and several state legislatures. His academic research has focused on the impact of competition between local governments on fiscal and economic outcomes, the relationship between the size of government and economic growth, state fiscal crises, and a variety of other issues in the areas of public economics and urban economics. Stansel’s academic publications have appeared in numerous journals, including the Journal of Urban Economics, Public Finance Review, Cato Journal, Review of Austrian Economics, and the Journal of Housing Research. In 2011, Stansel was selected by the Economic Freedom Project to help publicize the findings of the Economic Freedom of the World Report, the Economic Freedom of North America Report, and the virtues of economic freedom in general through a variety of media interviews (averaging about 75 interviews per year since then). In 2013, he published the first ever local index of economic freedom (www.economicfreedom.org/2013/07/18/economic-freedom-in-your-area/) and was chosen to be the primary author of the Economic Freedom of North America Report (available at www.freetheworld.com/efna.html).

Title:
"Economic Freedom: What It Is and Why It Matters"
Date:
Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Time:
2:00pm – 3:20pm
Location
College of Business Room BU-120

 

Thursday, Sept 17, 2015 from 2:00pm – 3:20pm in College of Business room BU-120

Dr. Benjamin Powell

Economic Speaker Series - Dr. Benjamin Powell

Benjamin Powell is the director of the Free Market Institute and a professor of economics in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration at Texas Tech University. Prof. Powell is the author of Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy, editor of Making Poor Nations Rich: Entrepreneurship and the Process of Economic Development and co-editor of Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis. He is the author of more than 50 scholarly articles and policy studies. His primary fields of research are economic development, Austrian economics, and public choice. Prof. Powell's research findings have been reported in more than 100 popular press outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He also writes frequently for the popular press, including a regular op-ed column for The Huffington Post. His popular writing has appeared in Investor's Business Daily, The Financial Times (London), the Christian Science Monitor, and many regional outlets. He has appeared on numerous radio and television outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, Showtime, CNBC, and he was a regular guest commentator on FOX Business Network's Freedom Watch.

Title:
"Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy"
Date:
Thursday, September 17th, 2015
Time:
2:00pm – 3:20pm
Location
College of Business Room BU-120

 

Monday, February 23, 2015 from 2:00pm – 3:20pm in College of Business room NU-113

Dr. Edward Lopez

Dr. Edward Lopez - Undergraduate Economic Speaker Series

Edward Lopez is Professor of Economics and the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Western Carolina University, where he teaches classes in macroeconomics and the moral foundations of capitalism. He previously taught public choice and the economics of intellectual property at San Jose State University. Professor Lopez is the Executive Director and Past President of the Public Choice Society. Professor Lopez’s research focuses on the economics of ideas, fashion, and politics. His first book is an edited volume that uses public choice theory to recommend beneficial reforms in civil and criminal law (The Pursuit of Justice: Law and Economics of Legal Institutions, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). Madmen, Intellectuals and Academic Scribblers is his second book, and he is currently working on his third book which argues that design copyists in fashion and other creative fields serve beneficial, entrepreneurial functions. His scholarly articles have appeared in Public Choice, Review of Law & Economics, Review of Austrian Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Eastern Economic Journal, and more.

Title:
Fashion Copyright? A New Defense of Design Copying
Date:
Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Time:
2:00pm – 3:20pm
Location
College of Business Room NU-113

 

Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 3:30pm – 4:50pm in College of Business room BU-120

Dr. Mark Zupan

Dr. Mark Zupan - Undergraduate Economic Speaker Series

Dr. Zupan assumed his duties at the Simon School on a full-time basis on January 1, 2004 and served as Dean of the Simon Business School through June of 2014. Mark Zupan served as dean and professor of economics at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management from 1997 to 2003. Among his accomplishments at Eller were highly successful fundraising efforts, a record of promoting scholarship, fostering innovation in academic programs and enhanced community outreach. Before his appointment at Arizona, Zupan taught at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, where he also served as associate dean of master’s programs. He was a teaching fellow in Harvard’s Department of Economics while pursuing his doctoral studies at MIT, and he has been a visiting faculty member at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. Zupan earned a BA degree in economics from Harvard University and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Title:
The Virtues of Free Markets
Date:
Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Time:
3:30pm – 4:50pm
Location
College of Business Room BU-120

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 2:00pm - 3:20pm in NU 113

Dr. Peter Calcagno

2014-12-09 Dr Peter Calcagno - Undergraduate Economic Speaker Series

Peter Calcagno is a Professor of Economics at the College of Charleston, and is the Director of the Initiative for Public Choice & Market Process, an undergraduate free market center. Prior to CofC he taught at Wingate University, Jacksonville State University, and Georgia State University His primary areas of research are in applied microeconomics specifically public choice economics and political economy. Dr. Calcagno is member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy and is a board member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and Public Choice Society. He is the author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters, and the editor of Unleashing Capitalism: A Prescription for Economic Prosperity in South Carolina. Dr. Calcagno Earned his B.S. in Economics and History from Hillsdale College and Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University.

Title:
“Deficits, Debt and Democracy: An Institutional View”
Date:
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Time:
2:00 pm – 3:20 pm
Location:
NU 113

 

Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 2:00pm - 3:20pm in BU 120

Dr. Randall G. Holcombe

2014-08-18 Dr Randall G Holcombe - Undergraduate Economic Speaker Series

Dr. Randall G. Holcombe is DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University and Senior Fellow at the James Madison Institute, a Tallahassee-based think tank that specializes in issues facing state governments. Dr. Holcombe also served on Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors from 2000 to 2006, and is past president of the Public Choice Society and the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. Dr. Holcombe is the author of fifteen books and more than 150 articles published in academic and professional journals. His books include From Liberty to Democracy: The Transformation of American Government (2002), and Producing Prosperity (2013). His primary areas of research are public finance and the economic analysis of public policy issues.

Title:
“From Liberty to Democracy: The Transformation of American Government”
Date:
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Time:
2:00 pm – 3:20 pm
Location:
BU 120

 

Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 2:00pm - 3:20pm in the Friedberg Auditorium (Lifelong Center)

Dr. Robert Lawson

2014-08-18 Dr Robert Lawson - Undergraduate Economic Speaker Series

Dr. Robert Lawson holds the Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Chair in Economic Freedom in the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Prior to SMU, he taught at Auburn University. Dr. Lawson has written dozens of academic papers and has been invited to present his research findings around the world. He is a co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World annual reports, which provide an index to measure economic freedom for more than 140 countries over a period of years. In his free time he enjoys running marathons and ultra-marathons, mountaineering, and cheering on his favorite baseball and football teams.

Title:
Economic Freedom and the Wealth and Health of Nations
Date:
Thursday, September 18th 2014
Time:
2:00 pm – 3:20 pm
Location
Friedberg Auditorium (Lifelong Center)

Note: This lecture is restricted to FAU students. Students need to bring FAU OWL card to be allowed to presentation.

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